Mock crash warns Wellington teens of drunken, distracted driving dangers

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Trauma Agency wants to keep high schoolers safe during prom season this year.

The group organized a mock crash scene event at Wellington High School Friday morning to show the teens the dangers of drunken and distracted driving, according to a news release. About 750 juniors and seniors participated in the event.

Nearly 3,000 teen drivers were involved in a crash in the county last year and many involved alcohol or smart phone use while driving, the release said.

“Smart phones, multiple passengers and other distractions are roadblocks to safe driving, especially among teens who often think they’re invincible,” Darcy J. Davis, Chief Executive Officer of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County said in the release.

The school’s prom is Saturday night.

About 750 Juniors and Seniors participated in the “Shattered Dreams” mock car crash Friday (Photo: Robin Kish, Health Care District of Palm Beach County spokeswoman).