LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) —
Womens and Childrens and Troop I are teaming up to make a sudden impact. Sudden Impact is a statewide program led by the state police seeking to reduce the number of accidents involving minors that result in serious injury or fatality.
“You know our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of teenagers that are involved in alcohol related crashes, distracted driving crashes as well as just any impairment overall,” says
Trooper Stephen Hammons, Troop I State Police.
“Well obviously as a facility that services the needs of teens and children we not only want to commit ourselves to caring for them whenever they’re in a crisis situation, but we want to be equally committed to bringing them the education they need to prevent coming into us with preventable injuries,” says Katie Broussard, Education Coordinator at Womens and Childrens Hospital.
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in Louisiana. More than 700 teens in the state died in motor vehicle crashes in the past four years, and another 59,000 were injured according to the Louisiana State Police. Tomorrow the high school group from Youngsville will attend Sudden Impact classes at Womens and Childrens where they will hear from victims, law enforcement professionals who work the accident scenes and investigate the crashes, and from the healthcare professionals who care for patients and families following crashes. They will also complete a pre-test, post-test, and six month follow-up test to evaluate the program’s effectiveness.