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Every 15 Minutes Offers Tragic Lesson

 Every 15 Minutes once again provided Santa Clarita Valley high school students with a simulation of what can happen when someone gets behind the wheel and acts recklessly, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputy said Thursday.

The demonstration, organized by the Sheriff’s Department, rotates between Hart district high schools, and Bowman High School was the recipient of the lesson this time around.

Deputies joined up with officials and a handful of students to create a simulation of the fatal consequences of driving under the influence.
“The program basically is to make high school students aware of the dangers of drinking and driving,” said Deputy Deanna Santino, who supervises the program for the department.

Santino, who has been involved in the program for several years, said she can see how the tragic lesson can make an impact on the students.
“In the morning, it’s usually all fun and games,” she said. “By the evening, we get tears, we get stoic silence -- we get the full range of emotions throughout the day. So I really do think it sinks in.” 

During many of the programs, the Air-5 rescue helicopter from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Aero Bureau is used to simulate an airlift of a critically injured student to a local hospital, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

Several other "injured" students are treated at the scene by the Los Angeles County Fire Department and taken to a local hospital. The “drunk driver” will be arrested and will be taken to the Santa Clarita Superior Court, where a simulated conviction for manslaughter will occur, according to the statement.

Following the school demonstration and court proceedings, the program participants visited the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Grove at Central Park and the Eternal Valley Mortuary, and speakers talked to program participants at the Youth Grove.