Teens witness DUI hearings


Almost 1,800 students from around Kern County gathered at the Rabobank Convention Center to take part in “The Leaders in Life Youth Conference” on Thursday afternoon.

Students took part in multiple seminars to learn about bullying, teen pregnancy, smoking, and drunk driving.

The issue of drunk driving was a major topic, and group leaders didn’t cut any corners showing the kids how drunk driving can affect their life. The Kern County Superior Court constructed a ‘make-shift’ courtroom in the convention center, with a real judge and defendants. Much like the set of a TV court show, all proceedings were real, and the judgments were final.   

Two separate DUI defendants had their sentencing hearing witnessed in front of hundreds of students inside the Rabobank Convention Center.

The goal of the organization is to make an impact on the students before they find themselves into similar trouble.

"Students throughout the county have planned every aspect of this conference themselves hoping to benefit the community and achieving the recurring theme "Can You Hear Our Rising Voices?,"' said LIL executive committee member David Cuellar.

You can learn more about the group, Leaders in Life, by visiting their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/leadersinlife

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