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Realistic mock accident drives home drunken driving message for students at Madera High

Assemblies today to further cement lesson

Madera High School seniors saw the effects of a simulated traffic collision — caused by drunk driving and texting while driving — unravel before their eyes Thursday.

The tragic staged scene was part of Every 15 Minutes, a two-day program which concludes with an assembly today. The event on Coyote Lane took many students by surprise because it was not announced beforehand.

Local law enforcement agencies, emergency personnel, a business and high school staff and students worked together to raise awareness among youth about drinking and driving, personal safety, the responsibility of making mature decisions and the impact their decisions have on family, friends and others.

“It was a successful event. It drove the point home of every decision matters. Every decision you make will affect somebody,” said Sarah Murrietta, director of student activities at Madera High. “I think it was an eye-opening experience for the students to see their peers involved in something so severe and how it affects many other people.” ...


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