Cloquet Mock Crash Shows Dangers of Driving Distracted; Victim's Father Shares Tragic Story

Taylor Holt
April 20, 2017 07:28 PM

Police lights, sirens and emergency vehicles - that was the scene outside of Cloquet High School Thursday morning, as students watched their peers act out a very realistic scenario.

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"It really hit hard," said Rosalie Lundquist, Senior at Cloquet High School. "Knowing that I could be affected because I have been distracted while driving, it's really scary to think about. It could affect anyone."

The school's mock crash was aimed to show the deadly consequences of distracted driving. In Minnesota - from 2011 to 2015 - of 219 fatal crashes involving teens distracted driving contributed to 36. In 2012, Matt Logan's daughter unfortunately became one of those victims.

"I never thought this would happen to our family, let alone driving up on the crash like I did," said Logan.

At the school's mock crash, Logan shared the story of how his daughter lost her life sending a text message while driving, but also the message that came out of such a tragic experience.

"When we get behind the wheel, we have a responsibility and we need to understand that we have limitations. When we are looking at something else, or doing something else that takes our attention away from the road that can cause some very life-changing events," Logan said.

Logan has traveled to schools throughout the state speaking to students. He says his goal is to help save a life through his story.

"We have to educate. We have to tell them what happens. There's a lot of good that comes from technology and Ipads and phones and things like that, but we have to understand there's an opposite," Logan said.

Law enforcement is also reminding people that it is illegal in Minnesota to text, check emails or be on the internet while a vehicle is in motion. Throughout the month of April, they will be having extra enforcement on the roads to prevent distracted driving.


Taylor Holt

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