GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Students at J.H. Rose High School saw Tuesday what could happen to them if they made poor decisions on the road by attending a “VIP for a VIP” program. The acronym stands for “vehicle injury prevention for a very important person.”
During the program, students witnessed a re-enactment of a fatal accident in hopes of preventing future tragedies. Over 40 percent of teen deaths occur in motor vehicle accidents, and most are preventable.
Catherine O’Carroll, who’s 15 years old, lost her sister Sarah five years ago in a car accident. At the event, she spoke about it publicly for the first time.
“To this day, it’s still not the same,” O’Carroll said. “Everything is going on without her. And the only thing you can do is look at that empty spot and think of something that they would say, imagine their face.”
Nearly 50 percent of teens admit to texting and driving, and every 13 minutes one person dies in a vehicle crash.