A Uneasy Specimen Comes to GSHS

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A Uneasy Specimen Comes to GSHS

Kyley Fishman, Reporter

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Glenwood students came to school Monday morning and were greeted with the sight of charred, twisted metal. At a closer look, students came to the sudden realization that it was a vehicle involved in a brutal car crash; a car crash that had taken two lives.

The month of April will be filled with local developments aimed at educating people, especially students, about the importance of safe driving. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people aged 16-24, making teachers intent on wanting the students to become more aware and safe by wearing seat belts.

“We’re coming close to prom and we want to discourage drinking while driving and not wearing a seat belt,” said English teacher Bryan Koster. “The crashed car brings into reality how easily life can turn into death in a moment’s notice.”

Prom is being held in May, the same month as National seat-belt Awareness. To start an early promotion of safety this month, the GSHS girls’ soccer team, along with host Jen Elias, is holding a seat belt competition. In the mornings, girls will count how many people pull in wearing seat belts, and if the number gets high enough, the school wins a certain amount of money. They are also going to hold a video contest about seatbelts, and whoever wins will earn a small prize! Seat belt usage is at the lowest level for ages 16-24, making the high-school want to start increasing the level of usage.

Just recently, in February, a seat belt had saved a Vail man from a rockslide in Glenwood Canyon. The man, Bob Dorf, had survived a near-fatal rockslide, coming out with only a broken fingernail and some cuts.

This month, however, is dedicated to National Alcohol Use Awareness. Nearly 47% of traffic fatalities involving 16-24-year-olds are alcohol-related. Every day, 13 people between the ages of 16-24 die in an alcohol-related crash. According to Alpa Publications, an astounding 25-45% of intoxicated individuals didn’t put on their seatbelts, adding to the constant danger of the roads.

The burnt out carcass of the car is merely a reminder of what could potentially happen. The crash itself involved a young man, his four other friends, and the twisty roads of Northbound Castle Creek Road. The once Nissan Maxima began to skid, it left 134-feet skid marks on the road. It then slid off the road, rolled over once, and crashed into the embankment. It bounced off the embankment and changed direction, which ejected one of its passengers into a nearby apartment. The driver survived, along with the repercussions and memories of the crash.

“Seeing the crashed car in front of the school made me super anxious about driving on my own,” said Gabi Bartnick, a sophomore at GSHS. “I was worried before, but now it’s made me worry even more.”

When it comes to driving, safety is the top priority. The best any teenager and even adult can do is to make safety a way of life in their driving and to instill in themselves respect for the road and fellow drivers.

Thanks to our sponsors’ Cats Towing, Alive at 25, Colorado State Patrol, Kiwanis, and Microplastics, students are able to bear witness to what could happen if they aren’t cautious.