On Wednesday, May 9 Grade 9 and 10 students from Drumheller's two Junior-Senior High Schools as well as Wheatland Crossing School near Standard gathered behind the Badlands Community Facility to learn a life lesson.
Operation Impact saw local first responders, including EMS, fire and the RCMP respond to a staged car accident with a number of teenaged victims. They then moved inside the BCF to further witness the effects of bad driving decisions on the victims and their families.
"Kevin Charles (RCMP Staff Sgt.) organized most of it; it's nice when all of the services can work together," remarked Drumheller Fire Chief Bruce Wade. "Victim Services put in a lot of work to organize the meal and everything and get the schools involved, get the kids down."
He also credited the Town of Drumheller and Newcastle Towing for their help in organizing the event, which he hopes will be held annually starting in 2019.
"I think probably that is the way we're going to try to go is to make it something annual that we can get together and do and try to educate some of the younger drivers before they get behind the wheel," stated Wade.
"If it happens to change one kid's driving habits or gets one child to tell a driver to drive better or I'm leaving, getting out, it's well worth it."