Let's Not Meet By Accident

This is a comprehensive education program to encourage teens to make healthy decisions in risky situations. It is presented by theViolence and Injury Prevention Program of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. The Goal of the program is to encourage teens to make "healthy choices in risky situations". Participants learn that traumatic injuries claim the lives of more Americans under age 34 than AIDS, cancer, and heart disease combined. Staff who are regularly confronted with the tragic aftermath of drinking and driving stress the fact that alcohol and drugs are a factor in 70% of all traffic deaths in the United States.

During the "Let’s not Meet by Accident" program, participants :

  • Visit the helipad where LifeStar medical helicopters land, carrying accident victims
  • Go to the Emergency Department trauma resuscitation room to observe a "mock" trauma
  • Hear a speaker whose life has been directly affected by injuries or fatalities suffered due to a traumatic injury
  • Groups up to 60 persons can be accommodated. Teachers, parents and other family members are encouraged to attend with students. Two programs per month are scheduled.

    Call HealthConnect at 1-877-903-7798 for dates and more information.

Issues addressed:

  • Alcohol & drug use
  • Drinking/drugging & driving
  • Seat belt safety
  • Bicycle safety & Helmet use
  • Speeding

Violence/ conflict resolution

  • Relevant statistics:
  • MV crashes are the leading cause of death for Hispanics ages 1-44
  • Leading cause of death for African-Americans from birth-14 years
  • Injury related medical costs are 55% higher for those not wearing a safety belt
  • 140,000 children are treated each year in EDs for head injuries sustained while riding a bicycle
  • 3 of 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol related crash in their lifetimes

For additional resources:

KIDS PEACE HELPLINE 800-334-4543
24 hr. Line to talk to teens & parents about stress, crisis, concerns.

INFOLINE 211
24 hr. hotline for confidential counseling and finding helpful agencies

NINE LINE: 800-999-9999
24 hr. national crisis/suicide hotline

AL-A-NON 800-356-9996
Help if you or someone you love has an alcohol or drug problem.

INTERVAL HOUSE 527-0550
Confidential information & help if you are in a relationship that is violent or makes you feel unsafe.

Information & support website: WWW.TEENCENTRAL.NET