Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

June 20, 2013

GLTS mock crash helped lead way to safe prom season

The Andover Townsman

---- — Educators at Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover are breathing a sigh of relief that prom and graduation season has passed safely for their local teens on the road.

In an effort to encourage safe practices and prepare students of the regional technical high school for the season, lead auto collision instructor Tom Hatem and his team sent a strong message about drinking and driving with a mock car crash on the school lawn one recent morning.

Hatem, who has staged the display for the last 10 years, typically chooses prom week to make his mark on teen minds. This year, the scene included two sedans stacked up and on fire.

Hatem thanked his colleagues in the Automotive, Graphics and Information Technology career areas, as well as Leo Lemontagne, chairman of the GLTS District Committee, for their help. He also acknowledged the GLTS administration for its backing.

“The administration has given us freedom in doing this every year and has supported us in every way possible,” he said.

To contain the pile-up, local law enforcement and fire departments were on hand. Those participating this year included Methuen Assistant Fire Chief Mike Hamel (GLTS class of 1974), Lawrence police auxiliary Nick Flanagan (GLTS class of 2007), Andover police officer Shawn O’Day and other members of the North Andover police and Andover fire departments.