The California Highway Patrol hosted an every-15 minutes program at Bear River High School in South Nevada County Thursday morning. The program simulates an accident with a student acting as an intoxicated driver. Nevada County Sheriff, Grass valley Police, Higgins fire and Cal-Fire also participated with the extrication and medical care of the acting students. The CHP helicopter landed on the Bear River High School football field to take away one of the volunteer students to the trauma center, another student was taken by a ground ambulance, a third was taken to jail after CHP conducted a sobriety test and arrest the student, and another was taken to the morgue. Nevada County Sheriffs Deputy and student resource officer Micah Arbaugh says it’s a good experience for the students.
Assistant Vice Principle Cindy Harrison says the students at Bear River have suffered the loss of friends and take the demonstration seriously.
The program will continue Friday when the students, faculty and parents gather to say good bye to the lost student and share their experience and a parent who has lost their child to drunk driving will also speak to the students. The Every 15 minutes program is largely funded by donations if you would like to make a donation you can contact your local CHP office. To see a photo album go to our KAHI facebook page. Click the link below for a YouTube video.