Let's Not Meet by Accident—"A Dose of Real Life"

Let's Not Meet By Accident
Contact: Trauma Services
Phone: 315 464-4773
Email: trauma@upstate.edu

A Trauma Prevention / Alcohol Education Program

Trauma Team

"Let's Not Meet By Accident" is a reality based trauma prevention/alcohol education program for teens who are new drivers. It is presented by the Emergency and Trauma Departments at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse Fire Department and area helicopter services.


Participants learn that traumatic injuries claim the lives of more Americans under age 44 than AIDS, cancer and heart disease combined. Physicians and nurses who are confronted every day with the tragic aftermath of drinking and driving emphasize the fact that alcohol and drugs are a factor in 70 percent of all traffic deaths in the United States. During the 2 1/2 hour "Let's Not Meet By Accident"program, participants visit:

  • The helipad-where medical helicopter land, carrying accident victims
  • The trauma resuscitation room-where accident victims are treated.
  • The ambulance bay-where ambulances arrive carrying accident victims.

The "Let's Not Meet By Accident" program is offered during the school year by the staff of the Emergency and Trauma Departments at the SUNY Upstate Medical University. Groups of up to 40 persons can be accommodated. Teachers, parents and other family members are encouraged to attend with students.