Kids & Cars

· Year: 2002
· Funding Agency: Utah Health Department
· Sponsor: Moab Broadcasting Company, Moab, Utah
· Cooperating Agencies: Grand County Sheriff, Moab Police Department, Grand County Emergency Medical Service, Utah Highway Patrol, Grand County Search & Rescue, Grand County High School.
· Program Details: Produced and aired 4 public service television advertisements dealing with the prevention of motor vehicle vs. child pedestrian accidents, child trunk entrapments, leaving children unattended in vehicles, and allowing children to ride in vehicle cargo areas. Funds for the television productions granted by the Utah Health Department. Program concept and research was performed by firefighters and an intern from Grand County High School. Air time for the spots donated by Moab Broadcasting Company.

Smoke Alarm Distribution & Installation

· Year: 2000
· Funding Agency: Utah Health Department
· Sponsor: Walker’s True Value Hardware Store, Moab, Utah
· Cooperating Agencies: Grand County Housing Authority, Utah Department of Workforce Services, Grand County Senior Center
· Program Details: Firefighters installed 200 smoke alarms in the homes of low-income senior citizens and families with small children enrolled in the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. Funds for the purchase of the alarms were granted by the Utah Health Department, alarms and batteries were purchased from Walker’s True Value at wholesale pricing, labor for installation was donated by Moab Firefighters. Clients were identified by the cooperating agencies and referred to Moab Fire Department for direct contact by firefighters.

Defibrillators

· Year: 1999
· Funding Agency: Utah Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
· Program Details: Lifepak 500 Automatic External Defibrillator put in service for the safety of firefighters and the public. Funds for the purchase of the AED were granted by the Utah Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

· Year: 2000
· Funding Agency: Saturday Evening Post Society
· Sponsor: John Hauer, Moab, Utah
· Program Details: Agilent Technologies Hearstream Automatic External Defibrillator put in service for the safety of firefighters and the public. Funds for the purchase of the AED granted by the Saturday Evening Post Society. This second AED allowed Moab Fire Department to have an AED available 24 hours a day in the vehicle of the department’s Officer-In-Charge. Firefighters respond to calls for CPR and for unknown “man down” calls with the AEDs.

Juvenile DUI Prevention

· Year: 1997 – Present
· Funding Agencies: Utah Health Department, Utah Highway Safety Office
· Sponsors: Grand County High School, KCYN Radio, Hogi Yogi, Pizza Hut, City Market
· Cooperating Agencies: Grand County School District, Grand County Sheriff, Moab Police Department, Grand County Emergency Medical Service, Utah Highway Patrol, Grand County Search & Rescue, Utah Department of Parks & Recreation.
· Program Details: Under the direction of Grand County Sheriff’s Deputy Archie Walker, produce a mock motor vehicle accident involving high school students. The program is targeted to the junior class of Grand County High School each year during the week prior to the junior prom. The idea is to prevent drinking and driving by students. See section entitled: Anylands Circle, below:

“Anylands Circle”

In 1997, Grand County Deputy Sheriff Archie Walker, after nearly ten years of service in law enforcement, emergency medical services, and the fire service, had a vision of preventing juvenile injuries and deaths caused by drinking and driving. Walker drew upon his many years of training experiences in which mock disasters and scenarios are played out to train the responders. He theorized that the same type of mock scenarios could be used to teach potential victims of tragedy the realities of what he saw so often happening to the young people in his community as a result of drinking and driving. Walker’s vision became reality with the production of “Anylands Circle”, a Mock DUI Crash program. In subsequent years the program grew to include a mock trial of drunk drivers and the professional production of videotapes of the program for distribution to other schools.

The emergency response, law enforcement, and education agencies in Grand County, Utah are committed to continue to help in preventing juvenile drinking and driving in the Grand County communities. The agencies involved have participated in this program since 1997. They are:

Grand County Sheriff’s Office
Grand County Emergency Medical Services
Moab Valley Fire Protection District
Utah Highway Patrol
Moab Police Department
Grand County Search & Rescue
Utah Division of Natural Resources/Parks & Recreation
Grand County High School

These agencies are staffed by individuals who are in a unique position to see the tragic consequences of drinking and driving by young people. They are the first responders to car crashes, the caregivers to injured kids, the authorities who are charged with detaining youthful offenders. They are also the parents of teens, their teachers, and their neighbors. Fortunately, these same people have a unique ability to offer the community their wisdom and knowledge and they have a deep desire to do so. The following page contains a statement of support for the program and the names of agency contacts who have pledged their continuing support of the program with their time, equipment, materials, and personnel.

Statement of Support

We, the undersigned, pledge our continuing support of the “Anylands Circle” Mock DUI crash and trial programs to help in preventing tragic injuries and deaths among the young people of Grand County, Utah. We believe that these programs offer a strong message about the consequences of drinking and driving. We will continue to support the programs with our time, equipment, materials, and personnel.

James Nyland, Grand County Sheriff
Corky Brewer, Chief, Moab Valley Fire Protection District
Rich Haycock, Sergeant, Utah Highway Patrol
Mike Navarre, Chief, Moab Police Department
Rex Tanner, Commander, Grand County Search & Rescue
Chris Conrad, Director, Grand County Emergency Medical Services
Tony White, Utah DNR / Parks & Recreation
Jim Stocks, Principal, Grand County High School

The Problem - Juveniles Driving Under The Influence
Incidence of Impaired Driving in Utah

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes kill and injure more young people than any other cause, and alcohol is a factor in about a third of these crashes. NHTSA formulas estimate that for every 290 miles driven in Utah in 1996, an intoxicated person sat behind the wheel for one of those miles. The same estimate data found that 19,100 crashes in Utah that year involved alcohol. These crashes killed 76 and injured an estimated 12,700 people.

Costs of Impaired Driving Crashes

While the deaths and permanent injuries of youths involved in drunk driving crashes are difficult to measure in terms of money, the NHTSA did calculate that in 1996, alcohol-related crashes in Utah cost the public $1.5 billion including more than $0.7 billion in monetary costs and almost $0.8 billion in quality of life losses.

Preventing Juvenile Drunk Driving

While law enforcement efforts target offenders at the time of the offense, they generally do not prevent the offense beforehand. Prevention begins with education. For a problem that often results in tragic consequences, harsh, reality-based education programs can be helpful in jolting awake the potential drunk driver. In addition to education, more aggressive prevention campaigns in law enforcement, health, and community awareness are needed. It is the intention of the “Anylands Circle” group of participants to further these prevention efforts. While the reality-based consequential program is the present manifestation of this program, it is believed that a community-wide effort is on the horizon.

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