Murrieta Students to Get Graphic Lesson in Dangers of Drinking, Driving

The entire sophomore, junior and senior class students at Vista Murrieta High School will view a mock DUI accident on April 24.

Temecula-area California Highway Patrol officers participated in an "Every 15 Minutes" program in April 2013. Patch file photo.
Temecula-area California Highway Patrol officers participated in an "Every 15 Minutes" program in April 2013. Patch file photo.
The following is a news release from the Murrieta Police Department: 

On Thursday, April 24, 2014 the Murrieta Police Department in conjunction with several other City and Riverside County Emergency Response Agencies will be hosting the Vista Murrieta High School Every Fifteen Minutes Program.  This Program is sponsored by local businesses in the community, and is a re-enactment of a fatal DUI traffic collision on the grounds of the high school.  The entire sophomore, junior and senior class students will view the mock accident on April 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. 

This emotionally charged program is designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and using drugs.  This powerful program challenges students to think about drinking and drugs, safe operation of their automobiles, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions.

Numerous police, fire, and ambulance personnel will be responding to Vista Murrieta High School with lights and sirens at10:00 AM.  There will also be a Mercy Air Flight helicopter landing on school grounds at 10:20 AM to airlift one of the "critically injured" students to a trauma center.  This entire event is a mock scene.  There is no actual emergency and no students, faculty, or staff at the high school is injured or are in any danger during the staged program.

The Program will conclude with a mock "funeral" and the sophomore, junior and senior Student Body Assembly on April 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Concerned Person April 23, 2014 at 05:35 AM
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. I AM GLAD TO SEE IT BEING DONE THIS WAY. It should be repeated every year. In addition they should have classroom work on driving safely, and see the videos in class ALSO, not instead of. Different persons learn in different ways.
Concerned Person April 23, 2014 at 05:46 AM
OF COURSE STUDENTS SHOULD BE TAUGHT ABOUT THE PROBLEMS CAUSED BY DRIVING IMPAIRED WITH ALCOHOL OR DRUGS, AND WARNED AGAINST DRIVING TIRED, TEXTING WHILE DRIVING, DRAG RACING, AND SHOWING OFF. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Some persons have said they should just teach reading, writing, and math in high school and not drivers ed. Persons that say that are very wrong. Many of them are already driving and nearly all of the rest will be driving soon. --------- Some of the students will be trying out beer soon if not already, and maybe even putting social pressure on others saying "get drunk, its fun". Dangers of social drinking should indeed be taught in high school.
Murrieta Active Duty Resident April 30, 2014 at 03:20 PM
From a Mother of a VMHS Junior student, Thank you to our local business whom sponsored to make this re-enactment possible. Thank you VMHS for having this. Thank you Police, Fire and all who were there to make this re-enactment possible. My son, 17 who just got his license 4 months ago came home and told everyone(us, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, etc) all about what he experienced and how he felt that day. How everyone was feeling. The emotions were overwhelming as it felt to be so real. Because of you, my child will think twice before ever getting into a vehicle when someone has been drinking. As parents we have taught him about this, but hearing and seeing what "could happen" are two different things. I am thankful to live in such a beautiful community that cares and supports our children. THANK YOU!


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