St. Francis holds ‘Let’s Not Meet by Accident’ program for teens

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Prom season is in full swing which means now is the time to again talk to your kids about the dangers of drinking and driving.

And there’s a program in Connecticut that can help start the discussion. It’s called “Let’s Not Meet by Accident” and is geared at teaching your teens to make healthy decisions in risky situations.

St. Francis Hospital in Hartford opens up the trauma room for hundreds of students a year in an education program called “Let’s Not Meet by Accident.”  Some Hartford students are learning the dangers of distracted driving. They’re participating in a mock traffic accident with emergency personnel.

This is a comprehensive education program to encourage teens to make healthy decisions in risky situations. It is presented by the Violence and Injury Prevention Program, an initiative of the Trauma Surgery Department of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

The goal of the program is to encourage teens to make “healthy choices in risky situations”. Participants learn that traumatic injuries claim the lives of more Americans under age 34 than AIDS, breast cancer, and heart disease combined.

Staff who are regularly confronted with the tragic aftermath of drinking and driving stress the fact that alcohol and drugs are a factor in 70% of all traffic deaths in the United States.

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