About 125 Innisfail students got a close up look at what could happen when driving a bicycle while distracted.
On Monday, emergency crews responded to a mock emergency scenario at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School.
A Grade 5 student played the role of a cyclist wearing ear buds who was distracted and injured in a collision with a vehicle.
Students looked on as EMTs attended to the student’s imitation injuries and prepared him for a trip in an ambulance, while a RCMP officer investigated.
Grade 7 student Roberto Terrazas said it was the first time he’s seen emergency workers in action right before his eyes.
“It looked pretty real. They should keep on doing it. It teaches everyone to be safe,” Terrazas said after the demonstration.
He said unfortunately, a lot of people don’t wear helmets while riding their bikes.
“It’s not safe, but that’s how it is,” Terrazas said.
Grade 7 student Olivia Nichols said the mock accident showed her the importance of safety.
“You should always be caution about your surroundings and make sure you’re wearing a helmet when you’re riding your bike, and the right equipment for whatever you’re doing,” Nichols said.
Lisa Vogt, occupational health & safety co-ordinator with Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, said it was the first time the demonstration was held for Innisfail students.
“Hopefully, it sends that strong message. Their actions, what they’re doing, affect so many people. We want to make sure they’re making safety a habit in everyday life,” Vogt said.
Gary Leith, director of emergency management for the Town of Innisfail, said the demonstration is a good way to remind students about bike safety.
He said officers will stop children who are not following safety rules. They will also reward kids who are wearing their helmets and not wearing headphones or ear buds with a voucher to purchase an ice cream treat.
Grade 5 student Kruz Kletzel, who played the injured student, said he doesn’t use anything that could distract him while bike riding.
He hoped that by watching the demonstration, students will remember to be more careful.
“It was kind of scary. I was really cold and uncomfortable,” Kletzel said about lying on the ground for the mock accident.