As reported by The-Signal.com, the city of Santa Clarita, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, and Hart High School officials recently conducted the Every 15 Minutes program at Hart High School.
The nation-wide program educates high school students regarding the severe dangers of reckless driving, speed contests, drinking alcohol and driving, and distracted driving and texting using several emotion, real-world scenarios.
During the first part of the program, one student was removed from class every 15 minutes-giving the program its name. A police officer then entered the classroom to read an obituary written by the “dead” student’s parents, explaining the circumstances of the tragic accident and memorializing their child.
Students also participated in a DUI-simulated collision scene, which was set up near the school on Newhall Avenue, depicting fatalities and serious injuries to several students.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Air-5 rescue helicopter was used to simulate an airlift of a critically injured student to a local hospital. Several other “injured” students were treated at the scene by the Los Angeles County Fire Department and taken to a local hospital.
The drunk driver was arrested and taken to the Santa Clarita Superior Court where a simulated DUI trial was held.
Finally, participating students met with community members who have experienced real-life drunk driving related tragedies in their family, and counselors spoke to them about how it feels to lose a loved one in a DUI-related accident.
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