Each year, the sophomore class participates in Sudden Impact, an in-school, day-long program focused on injury prevention for high school students. Produced by the University Medical Center (UMC) Level 1 Trauma Center and the Louisiana State Troopers Association, the program provides an opportunity to discuss and better understand the consequences of alcohol and drug abuse. Students learn about the impacts of impaired and distracted driving and the effects of alcohol and drugs on the body and mind. They are challenged to consider the permanent, life-changing consequences of risky decisions.

A variety of presenters, including trauma and rehabilitation nurses and Louisiana State Troopers, bring different perspectives to the table. Nurse Bridget Gardner reminded sophomores that “decisions may be simple, but they can make large consequences for you and others.”

Trooper Kate Stegall believes that prevention begins with education. The Lousiana State Troopers strive to provide proactive education to ensure safe driving throughout the community,” she said.

While the information shared in Sudden Impact can sometimes be difficult to hear, motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens, making it critical for these new drivers to be aware and educated.



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