Event to Simulate DUI Accident Comes to Green Valley HS | Education & Schools
Green Valley High School juniors and seniors will participate Thursday and Friday in a realistic two-day event designed to personalize the grim cost of drinking and driving.
Every 15 minutes, a driver, passenger or innocent bystander dies from an alcohol-related car crash. Every weekend, a teenager dies in a car crash and half of those accidents involve alcohol.
``The Every 15 Minutes program lets the students participate in an experience that shows them what can happen when someone gets behind the wheel of a car after drinking,” said Jutta Chambers, Henderson Police Chief. ``We want to work with the students and help them see the potential harm poor choices can have on someone’s life.’’
Green Valley High School will be the site of the latest Every 15 Minutes program put on by the Henderson Police Department with the cooperation of the Clark County School District, Henderson Fire Department, and many others. At 9:50 a.m. Thursday, a fatal traffic collision will be simulated on Arroyo Grande Boulevard, just west of the school. Law enforcement and emergency medical services will respond.
One student will “die” in the accident at the scene of the crash. One student will be airlifted to a hospital with major injuries, while another student will be taken to a hospital by ambulance. The police will give the teenage driver a field sobriety test and arrest the driver for DUI.
In addition to the crash scene, a pre-selected student will "die" every 15 minutes throughout the day. These "dead" students represent the nation's loss of teenage lives everyday. These students will be removed from class and not return until after the two-day program is completed, showing the loss involved in fatal crashes.
On Friday, the students will gather for an assembly to talk about the experience. One of the students involved in the simulated fatal traffic accident and one of their parents will speak at the assembly. A representative of the Henderson City Attorney’s Office will talk to the students about the law regarding driving under the influence. A mother who lost her daughter in an auto accident involving a DUI driver also will speak.
Green Valley High School freshmen and sophomores will attend an assembly to familiarize them with the program.
The Henderson Police Department started participating in the nationwide Every 15 Minutes program in May 2001 with a program at Foothill High School. Since the first event, more than 35,000 students have taken part in the program in Henderson.