Smashed Program Promotes Driving Safety

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The “Smashed” program came to East Islip High on May 2, planting a stark mock auto accident scene on the grass in front of the school.

Coordinated with the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club, this Town of Islip initiative is designed to remind student drivers and passengers that Memorial Day season is actually the deadliest time of the year for road accidents. The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is often dubbed “the Deadly Days of Summer” by authorities. The pair of smashed vehicles show students what could happen if they drink and drive, drag race or allow their cellphones to distract them while behind the wheel.

East Islip SADD adviser Bridget Lopiccolo said, “We here at the high school worry and want to remind students that it is also prom and graduation season as well. We want them to be aware of how drinking and driving as well as distracted driving can kill.”

The violent sight of the two destroyed vehicles certainly makes the potent point noted on the accompanying sign: “Getting Smashed Isn’t Worth It.”