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Mock crash planned for Monday at Valley High School in New Kensington

November 24, 2018

Emergency vehicles will be at Valley High School on Monday for a mock crash assembly to teach students about the dangers of distracted driving.

The event will take place at 9 a.m. in the front parking lot of the school.

Assistant Superintendent Jon Banko said the event is meant to show 11th- and 12th-graders the consequences of unsafe driving practices such as speeding, driving under the influence and texting while driving.

“We’ve done these programs before at the school, and we get a good response from the kids and the parents appreciate it,” Banko said. “I just think it’s a good opportunity for a preventative measure.

“You want to arm kids with the best information and, the people who are involved with this, they really do a nice job of putting it together and explaining what happens to the kids.”

Students will act in the assembly and emergency workers will walk students through what happens when they are called to the scene of a crash, Banko said.

There will be ambulances and possibly a medical helicopter.

“It’s the real deal,” Banko said.

The event is being coordinated with the New Kensington Police Department and other emergency service providers.

The police department on Thursday posted a message to its Facebook page letting people know about the event.

“On Monday November 5, 2018, at approximately 0900 AM, the Valley High School will be having a mock crash outdoors with several emergency agencies involved,” the post says. “This is not real, it is an assembly for the students.”

New Kensington police Chief Bob Deringer didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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