ARVIN, Calif. - Students at Arvin High School got a shocking lesson Thursday in the importance of driving safety.
Students witnessed a mock drunken driving accident and arrest during an assembly on their football field.
The staged event called "Every 15 Minutes" re-enacted a graphic and realistic DUI collision complete with wrecked cars, walking wounded, simulated fatalities and all associated rescue, emergency and media personnel.
The event was kept a surprise for the high school juniors and seniors.
School staff, student leaders, California Highway Patrol, Kern County Fire Department, 23ABC News, Kern Medical Center, Hall Ambulance, and the Kern County Coroner all participated in the event.
Mike Hart of 23ABC News played the role of a reporter on the scene.
Organizers said teenagers need to know the consequences if they get behind the wheel and have been drinking or if they choose to get into a car with someone who has been drinking.
Every 15 Minutes Statistics:
- Every 15 minutes someone dies in an alcohol related crash
- Just in CA in 2006, 1,597 people were killed in an alcohol related car crash
- 40% of alcohol-related fatal car crashes involve teens
- 60% of all teen deaths in car crashes are alcohol related
- Three million teens are alcoholics
- Teenage drivers are 4 times more likely to experience a motor vehicle collision than their older driving counterparts
- 70% of all teenagers drink alcohol
- Eight young people a day die in alcohol related rashes