Vivid demonstrations about the importance of safe driving

| May 19, 2017

Students participated in important, potentially life-saving activities at the high school. The annual Act Out Loud Rally stressed the importance of good decision-making, especially when it comes to driving, during the
prom and graduation season. (Solanco graduation will be Tuesday, June 6; the Solanco prom at Deerfield Inn in Delaware and the post prom at the high school were Saturday, May 20).

Pennsylvania State Police and Quarryville Police discussed the need to avoid drinking and driving, and driving while distracted (such as texting while driving), and driving with too many passengers in the vehicle.

Act Out Loud - gogglesESOLStudents used Fatal Vision goggles (photo), participated in texting and driving simulators, and attended an assembly
by Lancaster General Hospital’s Trauma Team that showed how dangerous impaired or distracted driving can be. The
students in the photo with the Fatal Vision goggles are Emily Duvall, Kelly Cook, Moira McCarriston and Marissa Witmer. Marissa is president of the class of 2017, Kelly is the vice president, and Emily is the treasurer. Moira and Kelly were Act Out Loud interns who planned and coordinated the safe driving activities. Not pictured is Jen Eberly, class treasurer. 

A mock crash, featuring student “victims,” was set up in the high school parking lock during which the Quarryville Fire Department demonstrated the steps they often have to take to hopefully rescue victims of car crashes. Following the mock crash, seniors were asked to sign a Prom/Graduation Promise to avoid driving while under the influence, or while distracted or tired, and to be a good passenger, which includes immediately contacting a responsible adult if  the situation they are in becomes dangerous.

“The rally was subsidized by grants obtained by Robert Stead and Marla Montalto through All State insurance,” Solanco High School nurse Andrea Cook said. “Vendors representing diverse organizations such as Orange for Owen, AT&T,  Center for Traffic Safety, PA DUI Council, Spanish American Civic Association, SECA, the YWCA, The Gift of Life, Retreat Premier Addiction, AAA Driving School, the Army, and Lancaster County Prison helped make Act Out Loud very successful.” Local Businesses that have contributed to this important cause include Reynold’s Funeral Home, Temple’s Salvage Yard, Giant, Stoner Inc., The Daily Grind, Rocky Springs Bowling Alley, Cherry Crest farms and Ambush Paintball.

Category: Community Happenings, Featured Stories, High School News

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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