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Every 15 Minutes Program
updated: Dec 05, 2012, 8:03 PM

By Ventura PD

Incident: Every 15 Minutes Program

Location: Foothill Technology 100 Day Rd Ventura, CA

Date/Time Occurred: 12-6-12/1000

Officer(s) Involved: VPD School Resource Officers & Traffic Unit

Narrative:

On December 6, 2012, the Ventura Police Department in conjunction with Ventura Unified School District, The California Highway Patrol, Ventura County Behavioral Health, VCMC, the faculty and students at Foothill Technology will be participating in the Every 15 Minutes Program. This powerful program will challenge students to think about drinking while driving, texting while driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.

The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks. This emotionally charged program is designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of driving under the influence or texting while driving.

A simulated traffic collision will be viewable on the school grounds. Rescue workers will treat injured student participants. These students will experience first hand, the sensations of being involved in a tragic, alcohol-related and texting while driving collision. The coroner will handle staged fatalities on the scene, while the injured students will be extricated by the jaws-of-life manned by Firefighters and Paramedics. Police Officers will investigate, arrest, and book the student "drunk driver". Student participants will continue their experience by an actual trip to the morgue, the hospital emergency room, and to the police department jail for the purpose of being booked for "drunk driving."

Drinking and driving or driving distracted is dangerous, and these types of collisions could be avoided all together. The goal of this collaborative effort is to educate our community, and prevent drunk and distracted driving

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