To highlight the dangers of teens driving under the influence and distracted driving, Sunrise Hospital Trauma Center recently hosted the annual “Santa is Coming to Town, Please Don’t Hit Him” event for students from Las Vegas High School.

According to the CDC, in 2019, almost 2,400 teens in the United States aged 13-19 were killed and about 258,000 were treated in Emergency Departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes.

During the event, students were able to participate in hands-on demonstrations such as a distracted driving simulation, fatal vision goggles, learn to stop the bleed with a tourniquet, experience what happens in an arrest for drunk driving and watch a live vehicle extrication demonstration with Clark County Fire Department. Students also signed a no texting and driving pledge.

Sunrise Hospital Trauma Center partnered with Road Equity Alliance Project, Safe Kids Clark County, Medic West, Clark County Fire, Nevada Highway Patrol, Henderson Police and Clark County School District Police to make this event possible. Please stay safe and do not drink and drive or drive distracted this holiday season or ever.

Speaker for the event included:

Todd P. Sklamberg
CEO, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital

Abby LeDuff
Trauma Manager, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

Daisy Maca
Student, Las Vegas Valley High School