Following devastating car crashes, family members and responders drive home holiday message to prevent impaired and distracted driving tragedies.
More than 89 individuals were killed in Nevada last year due to a car accident where alcohol was a contributing factor. This statistic is what brought family members who lost loved ones due to drunk or distracted drivers, law enforcement officers, first responders and Trauma Services at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center together today to kick off the month-long National Impaired and Distracted Driving Prevention campaign.
To emphasize the prevention point, Las Vegas High School students were included in the event today to get a first-hand look at the consequences of impaired and distracted driving but from a safe distance.
“Our theme, ‘Santa is coming to town, please don’t hit him,’ is light hearted but the consequences of driving under the influence or driving distracted could not be more serious,” says Todd P Sklamberg, CEO for Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “This is a season in which celebration can lead to irreparable tragedy – our Trauma Services care team is committed to mounting the only defense we have which is to get the word out that impaired driving and distracted driving are preventable.”
In addition to family members who lost a loved one due to a drunk or distracted driver, today’s event featured first responders including Clark County Fire & Rescue and Las Vegas Metro PD, Nevada Highway Patrol and MedicWest Ambulance. Responders brought a lasting message for all drivers with stories and visual cues that included live vehicle extrication, impaired vision goggles and Stop the Bleed demonstrations to learn how to prevent someone from bleeding to death.
Among the speakers was, Allyson LaVoie, 20, who tragically lost her sister, Hillary, a little over eight years ago in a car crash. Distracted driving, high speed and lack of seat belt use were all factors in the accident. “It’s been 2, 993 days since Hilary’s friend decided to pick up her cell phone while driving, “ said LaVoie. “I would give up anything for one last embrace, one last conversation, or one last piece of advice.”
About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital:
Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada, its surrounding region, and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas. Sunrise Hospital serves as Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, which is located just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip. Occupying the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. Together, both facilities offer a full range of services for both children and adults.