Northern Guilford High School students will get an up-close look at the tragic consequences of texting while driving during a live crash scenario on Thursday, October 19, called “A MSG 2 Die 4.”
Weather permitting, more than 500 students will experience the heartbreaking accident re-creation beginning at 3:05 pm in the parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts at Northern Guilford High School, 7101 Spencer-Dixon Rd.
The event represents partnerships between first responders, Guilford County schools, and business owners concerned about the dangers of this unsafe practice.
“The live crash scenario is extremely realistic,” said Officer J.B. Price, traffic safety educator with the Greensboro Police Department (GPD). “This simulation includes police, fire, and EMS managing the fatal accident scene just as if it were real. We will be moving at the same speed, using the same equipment, and taking the same actions as if this were an actual crash.”
To add even more realism to the scenario, the event is preceded by four short videos written by and starring Nighthawk students. Through these vignettes, the students share glimpses into the life of a fictitious peer who faces the deadly consequences of texting while driving.
This is the thirteenth “A MSG 2 Die 4” presented at Guilford County schools in the past four years. In addition to a previous re-creation at Northern Guilford High School, similar events were held at Page High School and Western Guilford High School.
“Our goal is to make a lifelong impression on these students about the dangers of texting while driving,” said Price. “We want to eliminate this deadly habit and save lives.”
The re-enactment is the culminating event for GPD’s “Drive and Text, Lights are Next” campaign. The campaign, which ran from September 12 to October 18, focused on the deadly habit of texting while driving through expanded enforcement efforts, education, and daily social media posts on the topic.