‘Survive the Drive’ teaches students the dangers of distracted driving.
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The Register Citizen, Torrington, CT
TORRINGTON — Bob Green started the “Survive the Drive” presentation with a crash — his own — which he uses to illustrate to high school students the dangers of driving.
“Survive the Drive” is a non-profit organization that provides risk-awareness and safe-driving presentations to school groups and the community.
Green presented his program to Torrington High School upperclassmen Friday at the school’s auditorium, centering on how a few “distracted” seconds could be the error you make, causing you to crash. “Accidents are not accidents. They are crashes,” Bob explained. He repeatedly pointed out throughout his presentation that the cause of an accident is “not the weather, the road conditions, or any other reason than a driver’s error.” At one point in the presentation, Green had the audience view a photo of an accident scene and pointed out what the presence of the different emergency personnel mean in relation to the person in the damaged car. Green talked about the “science and behavior” of the crash “because that’s what crashes are all about.” He illustrated the science of a crash by showing slides of the body’s muscular and skeletal systems, as well as showing several jarring demonstrations of how accidents impact the human body, particulary the brain. One demonstration involved him throwing, with great force, a motorcycle helmet with a Styrofoam head at the wooden platform stage. This demonstration was to show how the helmet only protects the head which is held on to the body by “a flimsy neck”.
Green explained that the injuries that can occur because of helmets are that the head can become severed or the nerves in the spine can be damaged. He further illustrated this by explaining that when people are in an accident, once the vehicle
makes impact with an object, the head is still moving as fast as the car, which is how these injuries can occur.
Green’s presentation was riddled with distractions from inattentive students. Green used these distractions to illustrate how that activity in a car while driving could lead to a crash. He ended his presentation with a series of photos showing the results of crashes. And pointed out that many injuries are inflicted on crash victims by the devices meant to save them — seat belts and air bags. Some of the more graphic slides that Green included in his presentation got a huge response from the audience, especially one of roadkill which Green used to illustrate that the human body is just like that of an animal.
By JENNY GOLFIN