Sudden Impact: Crashes aren't accidents

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Traumatic injuries from car crashes are one of the major reasons teenagers end up in the emergency room. Sadly, some don't survive. Doctors and law enforcement in Baton Rouge are teaming up to hopefully keep it from happening to you.

The stats for how many teenagers get hurt or killed in bad car crashes are alarming. To make things worse, the Our Lady of the Lake Hospital says more than half of teens between 15 and 19 years old that were hospitalized after traffic accidents in 2010, were not wearing seatbelts.

East Ascension Health Education students are getting the message by playing games. But make no mistake, the lessons are deadly serious. It is part of a program called Sudden Impact. It is designed to teach 10th graders how dangerous it is to be distracted while driving.

One of the objectives of Sudden Impact is to make sure the kids know that they're not the only ones at risk when they are distracted. Trauma doctors say texting is a huge problem.

"We've treated many people who've been texting and driving," said Dr. Tomas Jacome with OLOL, and many of those have been teens.

Lee Ann Hernandez is one of the teens attending the Sudden Impact class. "I'm never gonna text and drive, I don't want to be one of those kids that gets hurt," said Hernandez.

It is one of many lessons organizers hope teens will take home from this.

"We hope they leave here well informed and able to make better choices in their life, especially when it comes to driving on the road," said Katie Sheets, OLOL Trauma Nurse.

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