Glendale police, Peoria fire put on ‘operation prom’ for students

Glendale Police Department and Peoria Fire Department will give high school students a first-hand look of the dangers of driving while under the influence at 9:25 a.m. Friday, April 12 at Mountain Ridge High School, 22800 N. 67th Ave.

The goal of the event is to encourage students to use their best judgment while driving during the prom weekend and beyond. Students will gather in the football field bleachers while firefighters and police officers work a “mock-collision” with damaged vehicles and several patients. In this scenario, firefighters will treat patients (student actors) while the police officers investigate the collision.

At least one patient will be killed in this mock exercise and at least one other will be flown by helicopter to simulate transport to a local hospital. The police department will make an arrest of the intoxicated student which will change his/her life forever.

Firefighters and police officers will give a step-by-step description of the action using loud speakers to keep the crowd informed. This week’s presentations are held prior to the school’s prom.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,000 people were killed in 919 fatal traffic crashes in Arizona during 2017. Of those, 286 crashes (31%) were alcohol related. In 2018 there were 24 people killed in traffic collisions in the City of Glendale. Of those fatalities, 21% were alcohol related, 5% were drug related and 17% were speed related.


Who: Glendale Police Department, Peoria Fire Department, Maricopa Ambulance, AirEvac 12, Mountain Ridge High School Students (Class of ‘19-‘20), United Support Services, Western Towing

What: “Operation Prom” mock fatal car collision. The event is to take place on the football field in front of hundreds of high school students prior to this year’s upcoming prom.

When: 9:25 a.m. Friday, April 12

Where: Mountain Ridge High School, 22800 N. 67th Ave.

Why: In 2017, 1,000 people were killed fatal crashes in Arizona. Approximately one-third of those fatal crashes were alcohol related.

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