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“Every 15 Minutes Program” this week in Nevada County

The California Highway Patrol, in conjunction with Nevada Union High School, will be conducting a simulated alcohol-involved traffic collision today as part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program. The collision will be staged within Hooper Stadium on the campus of the high school and will begin at approximately 8:40 a.m. The mock collision will take place for approximately one hour. During the event, there will be a high concentration of emergency vehicles in the area, which will include the landing of a medical helicopter on the campus. We want to ensure the public is aware this is a simulated incident and that no real emergency actually exists.

Every 15 Minutes is a two-day program which demonstrates to high school students the impact impaired driving has on friends, families, and their community. The first day of the program is highlighted by a simulated traffic collision that will be conducted at the high school involving an impaired teenage driver and a fatally injured victim. The event includes emergency responses from area law enforcement, fire, ambulance, coroner, and mortuary personnel, just as an actual collision would require. The program will conclude with a mock funeral and assembly for students on May 19.

This event is conducted by the CHP in conjunction with the Nevada Union High School, with support from the Grass Valley Fire Department, Grass Valley Police Department, Nevada City Police Department, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, Nevada County Sheriff’s Department, Sierra Nevada Ambulance Service, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Fischer’s Towing, and Hooper & Weaver Mortuary Service. Media participation is welcome. All media inquiries should be forwarded to Officer Greg Tassone at the CHP Grass Valley Area Office.



Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, substantial funding for this program was donated by the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council.


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