What is SKID?
Stop Kids Impaired Driving (SKID) is a traffic safety and underage drinking prevention program coordinated by your Sheriff's Office to educate young people about the tragic consequences of teen drinking and driving.
SKID is a "live-action melodrama" which simulates a fatal, alcohol-related traffic crash for high school audiences. SKID is a multi-agency, community effort that relies on strong partnerships with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Hillsboro Towing, Metro-West Ambulance, and Life Flight, as well as several city police departments, fire service agencies, and school districts throughout Washington County.
SKID is a very graphic and realistic dramatization involving wrecked vehicles and injured "victims" who are portrayed by 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. As a result, SKID presentations leave a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of students who will, at some point, face their own very real life-and-death choices about underage drinking and driving. (Due to the realistic nature of the presentation, SKID may not be suitable for children under 10 years of age.)
Recent research on adolescent brain development confirms that young people are less likely to weigh the risks and consequences of their actions on their own. For this reason, the SKID Program is especially effective in helping young drivers to witness firsthand the terrible outcomes of drinking and driving and to reinforce laws and community norms that prohibit these dangerous behaviors. When young people experience a SKID presentation, they don't have to imagine what an alcohol-involved crash might be like; they are fully involved in the midst of it as the event unfolds.
Since its creation in 1998, under the leadership of Retired Deputy Tim Moore, 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. During this same time period, a review of available data has found that there were seven alcohol-related traffic crashes in Washington County involving teen drivers. Of these, two led to traffic fatalities. Although any number of traffic crashes involving young people is unacceptable, the SKID Program has been effective in reinforcing the message that underage drinking puts young people in dangerous situations and can bring on disastrous and fatal consequences.
To request a SKID presentation at your school or to get more information about SKID, please contact Public Affairs Specialist Amy Terrones at (503) 846-5930.