ABERDEEN, Wash. – Emergency responders are all over Aberdeen High School today, some students are being medically evacuated, others’ bodies pulled from a wrecked car, others will be pronounced dead. Others will read the obituaries of their best friends over the PA system, it’s all part of the “Every 32 Minutes” program taking place at the school today.
Susan Bradbury with the Grays Harbor “Target Zero” Traffic Safety Task Force tells KBKW “Every 32 minutes someone in the US is killed by an impaired driver. Today Aberdeen students will hear a dispatch report of a collision every 32 minutes over their PA system. A Grim Reaper will visit classrooms and pick out “victims,” who will will not interact with other students for the rest of the day. Students will also see a mock car crash with full paramedic response, as well as an investigation and arrest for driving while under the influence.
The event is presented by Grays Harbor’s Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force, Local police, and area schools. Bradbury tells us this will be the fifth year for this successful program on the harbor.