More than 1,200
juniors and seniors watched as a fatal drunk-driving traffic accident took place outside their school. Students watched in real time a simulation of a fatal traffic accident that involved Nogales students and a student driver under the influence of alcohol. Crushed cars from actual accidents and local police, fire, ambulance and air emergency units responded to the scene. A “Grim Reaper” watched as the “dead” were taken away by the mortuary. The entire event – and what happens to the students as they are booked at the jail, taken to the hospital – was filmed. A student assembly took place the following day where the video was shown, in addition to emotional speeches from parents who read their obituary. A presenter from MADD also spoke to students. Nogales
To view the video that was shown to students, click on http://ronny-c-photography.com/nogales15minutesmovie.html
**A team of many local agencies, businesses and individuals came together to make this event happen, including: Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, West Covina Police Department, City of Industry Sheriff’s Department, Baldwin Park Office of the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Mercy Air, AMR Ambulance Service, Queen of the Valley Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Hospital - Baldwin Park, Los Angeles County Public Works, Quality Inn & Suites - Walnut, Custer Christiansen Mortuary, the Rowland Unified School District Board, Administration, RUSD School Police Department, Nogales High School staff and community.
Photos from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune photo gallery of the Every 15 Minutes event are at: http://www.sgvtribune.com/education/ci_12319402