Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. 60% of all teen deaths from car crashes are due to impaired or distracted driving. Stop Kids Impaired Driving (SKID) is a traffic safety and underage drinking prevention program to educate young people about the tragic consequences of drinking and driving. Since its creation in 1998, an average of six to nine SKID events have been staged each year on Washington County high school campuses. This has allowed approximately 82,000 students to participate in the SKID Program.
SKID is a program conducted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Hillsboro Towing, Metro-West Ambulance, Life Flight and several city police departments, fire service agencies, and school districts throughout Washington County. The program is sponsored and funded by the Washington County Sheriff’s Foundation to educate teen drivers of the tragic consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
This live action drama is very realistic and leaves a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of students who witness it. The drama includes actual vehicles that have been involved in crashes and the persons portraying injured and dead victims are not actors but are real live students from the host school. The presentation is so dramatic that people often get caught up in the emotions of the moment. Many are even moved to tears, forgetting that the scene is not real.
For the production of these live-action events it takes a great team of dedicated people and organizations, along with finical support to preform these invaluable presentations.
More information about the SKID program can be found here.