High school students stage DUI accident

La Canada High School student Connor Boyd acts dead during the anti-drunk driving program Every 15 Minutes, staged in front of the school in La Canada Flintridge on Thursday. Actual first responders like the local L.A. County Fire Department, L.A. County Sheriff, L.A. County Coroner, and California Highway Patrol officers responded to the scene.
(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

This week La Cañada High School students acted out some of their worst nightmares, pretending to die in a car accident or get arrested for drunk driving as part of a demonstration put on by a host of local law enforcement and public safety agencies.

“Every 15 Minutes” is a traveling show meant to highlight the dangers of driving while impaired. It derives its name from a statistic showing that one person in the United States dies every 15 minutes as a result of an incident involving alcohol.

The entire high school student body took part in the event, which included a staged accident on Oak Grove Drive, a staged DUI arrest and criminal hearing and talks by people who truly have been victims of drunk drivers. The California Highway Patrol runs the program.

-- Bill Kisliuk, Times Community News

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