Enfield students participate in a mock traffic accident

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Hartford, CT (WTNH)- Enfield high school sophomores are participating in a mock traffic accident with emergency personnel at the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. They are seeing first hand what it is like in a trauma room for patients and learning the aftermath of distracted driving.

Enfield High School student, Jocelyn Degray said, “I love this program because it shows it can happen to anyone and no one is ever safe from it.”

Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center, chairman emergency medicine, Dr. Steven Wolf said, “that text message come across and you are tempted to just grab the phone and I don’t think anyone is immune including me and you have to force yourself to not touch that phone.”

A trauma nurse showed students what it is like to be transported to the ER after an accident. The education program, ‘Let’s Not Meet by Accident’ is hands-on approach teaching students how to make life saving choices.

Marisol Feliciano is the violence and injury prevention program coordinator at Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center said, “we also talk about how you can’t do two things successfully that would mean you are not going to be able to be on your cell phone and drive, your eyes should be on the road.”

Students said the lessons will help them make better decisions. April Stone added, “it is sad because you don’t know what could happen, if someone is texting or drinking. It seems more real when you are watching it.”

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