The Monroe County Intermediate School District (in Michigan) recently collaborated with the 1st District Court of Monroe, MI to produce Sarah’s Story, a public service video describing the experience of a teen driver who hit an emergency responder. Participation in the video was part of the teen driver’s sentence for charges arising from the incident. The Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman’s Association and the Emergency Responder Safety Institute supported the distribution of this piece, which was previously available only on DVD. You can now watch it here.
Sarah’s Story was produced in 2005 and its content reflects Michigan traffic laws at that time. However, ERSI believes that the approach of Sarah’s Story can be successfully applied to current traffic issues and that it is an effective public education tool. A story told by a teen driver about the consequences of their actions should resonate with other teens.