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Mock farming accident teaches kids importance of safe driving

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We all know the dangers of distracted driving, but Wednesday dozens of people got an up close look at the consequences.  Several emergency responders came together to stage a mock accident, while calling attention to the season we're in.  

The group that organized the mock accident has done this several times, but it was the first time they included farm equipment in this case, a tractor.  The reason is to show everyone the dangers of distracted driving, especially during Harvest.

It may be fake, but it has all the characteristics and makeup of a real accident.  A smashed in window, emergency responders, and a devastated mother.  All in an effort to show teenagers the importance of staying safe on the road. 
"We hope that they learn there's danger out on the highway and they need to be cautious when they text and drive.  We didn't want to make it too graphic and scare kids but we wanted to get them aware that something can happen like this," Awana organizer Chuck Mayrand said.  
It took a lot of man hours to put this together, but Mayrand said if it saves one life, it's worth it. He decided to include the tractor to make the message hit a little closer to home.  
"This being the farm season with harvesting and everything. The people who helped to put this together thought it would be good with farm equipment," Mayrand said.  

For parent Kirk Kreider, the message is loud and clear, and he hopes his daughter can remember these images when she starts driving. 

"I'm hoping she'll learn not to text and drive and watch for farm equipment out on the road.  I need her to pay attention and stuff on the road," he said.  

Kreider said in Northeast Missouri, you're likely going to pass a tractor or farm vehicle at some point.  He urges all drivers to stay cautious so responders don't have to do this in a real situation.

"Just give them the right away. You know if they're driving too slow step back a few feet.  Don't overtake them and get in a car accident beside a tractor," Kreider said.

Farm related accidents account for 250 deaths every year nationwide. 
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