ABERDEEN, Wash. – Emergency responders will swarm Aberdeen High School tomorrow, students will be medically evacuated, bodies pulled from a wrecked car with the jaws of life, others will be pronounced dead. Some students will read the obituaries of their best friends over the school’s PA system, it’s all part of the “Every 32 Minutes” program taking place tomorrow at Aberdeen High School.
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. Beginning tomorrow, 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. Tomorrow’s 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 fourth year for this successful program on the harbor.