Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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Mock Accident at Wolfe County High School
Date of News Release: 10/25/2012
(MOREHEAD, KY) - On Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Kentucky State Police Post 8 Public Affairs Officer, Trooper Endre Samu coordinated with the Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Wolfe County Sheriff's Office and Dispatch Center, Wolfe County Coroner's Office, Hazel Green Fire/EMS, PHI Air Medical (Morehead), Wolfe County Circuit Clerk of Courts, Wolfe County Division of Protection & Permanency, Morehead State University BSN Nursing Department and the Wolfe County High School faculty in conducting a Mock DUI accident at the school's track field. Each senior signed up to participate in a professional field of their choice. During the morning hours, the senior class took an active role in the event, working in conjunction with the professional counterparts. The freshman, sophomore and junior students observed from a safe area, absorbing the entire activity, including the arrival of the PHI helicopter. The mock accident was designed to inform students the importance of "NOT TEXTING WHILE DRIVING" and "DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED" and to respond to pertinent issues facing the affected families, other students, as well as personal loss and financial stress.
The first phase aided the students to understand the importance of a timely response from the emergency services and their relevant performances when called to duty. The students also realized the importance of documenting the details of the incident. In the afternoon session, held in the auditorium, students were provided instructions to communicate with each other in order to complete the required paperwork for the next phase, the Court Trial. Until that session, additional activity will be generated from the mock accident such as interviewing witnesses, obtaining subpoenas, filing documents with the Division of Protection & Permanency Office and the Circuit Clerks Office, communicating with the County Attorney and Defense Attorney's Office, all for preparation of a jury trial with the Circuit Court Judge. This "hands on" approach offers a comprehensive insight on the affects of a traumatic incident as well as the daily functions of the emergency and judicial system.
Kentucky State Police Post 8 Commander, Captain Brian Bowling extends his appreciation to Wolfe County High School Principal, Mr. Greg Creech, the high school staff and the entire emergency services community for their investment in a valuable life learning event.