Operation Prom event recreates accident situation

An alcohol-related vehicular accident was simulated April 20 at Queen Creek High School as part of Operation Prom. (Courtesy of Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department)

An alcohol-related vehicular accident was simulated April 20 at Queen Creek High School as part of Operation Prom. (Courtesy of Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department)


The town of Queen Creek partnered with the Queen Creek Unified School District and several other organizations to produce the biannual Operation Prom event April 20 at the Queen Creek High School, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road.

During a simulated alcohol-related vehicular incident at the high school, emergency response personnel responded to the incident as they would a real emergency, allowing juniors and seniors an opportunity to experience the emergency response and related consequences of an incident caused by drinking and driving.

“The goal of the demonstration is to help students understand the serious risks associated with drinking and driving,” Queen Creek Fire Chief Ron Knight said in a press release. “Our emergency personnel want these kids to know the impact these types of incidents have on us, their families and the community as a whole.”

Produced strategically held before the prom, the event was a collaborative effort involving variety of partners.
The vehicles for the incident were provided by Shamrock Towing/FAST Towing and the people involved in the “wreck” were Queen Creek High School drama students.

The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office District 6 – Queen Creek, AMR, PHI/Air Evac, and Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department provided the emergency response, and Bueler Mortuary was on-site for the individual who does not “survive” the simulated incident.

“This simulation provides an example of the various outcomes. It is imperative that students know the real consequences of driving under the influence,” shared MCSO District 6 Capt. Randy Brice. “While we want the youth to see the spectrum of consequences, we want to alert the public that this is a simulated event used for educational purposes.”

Following the simulation, the Department of Public Safety provided an in-depth presentation related to drinking and driving. Judge Sam Goodman of the San Tan Justice Court will explained the legal ramifications that the driver of the simulated incident will face.

“We appreciate our partners coming together to help educate our students,” QCUSD Superintendent Dr. Perry Berry said in the release. “Drinking and driving impacts our entire community, and this exercise demonstrates our willingness to come together and address this important issue.”

For more information about the Queen Creek Unified School District visit its website.

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