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Mock Disaster Drills throughout Temecula Valley Unified School District High Schools leave parents, kids, reeling

Mock Disaster drill for Every 15 Minutes MADD at Temecula Valley High School (c) Crispin Courtenay

Mock Disaster drill for Every 15 Minutes MADD at Temecula Valley High School (c) Crispin Courtenay

Every 15 minutes, disaster strikes.

With a "real to life" crashed car simulating the DUI experience, Temecula Valley Police arrive on scene (c) Crispin Courtenay

With a “real to life” crashed car simulating the DUI experience, Temecula Valley Police arrive on scene (c) Crispin Courtenay

It could have been someone drinking one too many.

Accident victim being escorted from the scene (c) Crispin Courtenay

Accident victim being escorted from the scene (c) Crispin Courtenay

 

It might have been a random text driving accident.

Victims escorted from the scene, with simulated injuries (c) Crispin Courtenay

Victims escorted from the scene, with simulated injuries (c) Crispin Courtenay

Either way, Temecula Valley High School became the scene of this mock-disaster drill.

More victims assisted by police -- or was this the driver who caused the mock accident? (c) Crispin Courtenay

More victims assisted bypolice — or was this the driver who caused the mock accident? (c) Crispin Courtenay

READ: Every 15 minutes MADD campaign brings a dose of reality to Temecula Valley High School Students, April 16, 2014

Cal Fire emergency vehicles on hand at Every 15 Minutes disaster drill (c) Crispin Courtenay

Cal Fire emergency vehicles on hand at Every 15 Minutes disaster drill (c) Crispin Courtenay

Temecula Valley Unified School District Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors got a first hand look at what it feels like to lose a friend at the hands of a drunk driver.students got a first hand look at what the aftermath of such a disaster is like.

Jaws of life, axes, and more used to extract victims from the car during mock accident (c) Crispin Courtenay

Jaws of life, axes, and more used to extract victims from the car during mock accident (c) Crispin Courtenay

The campaign originated with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and has expanded to include the dangers of texting while driving — which mirrors drunk driving behavior according to studies — or by people getting behind the wheel after one drink too many.

A mock-deceased victim in the car as Cal Fire Fighter works to free passengers (c) Crispin Courtenay

A mock-deceased victim in the car as Cal Fire Fighter works to free passengers (c) Crispin Courtenay

Life’s lessons are best learned through experience. Unfortunately, when the target audience is teens and the topic is drinking and texting while driving, experience is not the teacher of choice.” States the Every 15 Minutes Web site.

Medivac helicopter arrives at the mock disaster drill (c) Crispin Courtenay

Medivac helicopter arrives at the mock disaster drill (c) Crispin Courtenay

 

According to the program, significant changes occur from pre-to post program with the students who participate, including: 

  • students decreased the number of daily and weekly drinking episodes
  • less likely to drive when drinking
  • less likely to drive when they had drunk 3-4 drinks or 5 or more drinks
  • less likely to be a passenger with a driver who had been drinking
  • less likely to ride with a driver who had drunk 1-2 drinks or 3-4 drinks
  • more likely to watch how much their friends are drinking
  • more likely to worry about how much their friends are drinking
  • more likely to prevent their friends from driving when the friends are drinking
  • more likely to talk with their own parents about drinking
  • more likely to talk with a teacher about drinking
  • more likely to designate a non-drinking driver
  • more likely to buckle their seat belts
  • more likely to monitor their own intake of alcohol
  • more likely to call for a ride home rather than drink and drive
  • more likely to choose not to drink
  • more likely to take some ones keys or hand over their keys if drinking
  • less likely to engage in drinking games
  • less likely to binge drink
  • more likely to walk home rather than drive
  • more likely to get a ride home rather than drink and drive
  • more likely to write a contract with parents regarding circumstances of drinking and driving behavior

During the program, students also must write a letter to their parents, and face the consequences of their “mock” decision to drink (or text) and drive– starting with the statement:

“Dear Mom and Dad, every fifteen minutes someone in the United States dies from an alcohol related traffic collision, and today I died. I never had the chance to tell you…….”

This powerful tool, for both parents and teens, opens up avenues of conversation that otherwise might not have been broached.

 

 

 

 

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

2 comments on “Mock Disaster Drills throughout Temecula Valley Unified School District High Schools leave parents, kids, reeling

  1. Pingback: Vista Murrieta High School next on Every 15 Minutes Program rotation – Mock Disaster proves major results with students, families | Temecula Grapevine

  2. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017

    All that happened although good things came from this drill,it’s still programming on how to submit to government take over wake up America and pray

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