Operation Prom Night today at Olathe South

The metro’s oldest high school crash scenario – Olathe’s Operation Prom Night – celebrates its 20th year at 9:45 this morning, April 23, at Olathe South High School, 1640 E. 151st Street; parking lot east of building.

Since 1995, the program has emphasized the importance of responsible driving to high school students with a real-life demonstration using fire trucks, special extrication/rescue equipment, ambulances, police cars and more. Captain Bill Schneider – who started Olathe’s program in 1995 – still coordinates the event.

Operation Prom Night teams up firefighters, paramedics, police officers, high school drama students and others in an effort to help prevent the leading cause of death for 15 to 20 year olds in the United States – motor vehicle crashes. Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Visit www.nhtsa.gov/Teen-Drivers for more information.  

Santa Fe Tow Service provides all cars used in the simulated crash at no cost.

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