Thursday, March 22, 2018

Every 15 Minutes comes to Amador County High Schools in May

Argonaut High School, Amador High School and Educational Alternatives High School

SUTTER CREEK, CA - On Monday, May 21st, 2018, the California Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Amador County Juvenile Justice Commission, will be conducting a simulated drunk driving traffic collision as part of the Every 15 Minutes program.  The collision will be staged on the football field at Amador High School at approximately 9:30am.  The mock collision will take place for approximately one hour, and could result in delays on Sutter Ione Road above Amador High School.  During the mock collision there will be a high concentration of emergency vehicles in the area.  We would like to ensure that the public is aware this is a mock emergency incident and no real emergency actually exists.

Every 15 Minutes is a two day program, which demonstrates to high school students the impact drinking and drugged driving has on friends, families, and their community.  The program stresses the importance of making mature decisions and recognizing that their actions effect others besides themselves. The name of the program is based on the fact that every fifteen minutes in the United States, someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related collision. During the school day on Monday, May 21, selected students from each high school will be removed from their classrooms by the “Grim Reaper” every 15 minutes, and taken to an overnight retreat to demonstrate this statistic.  Traffic collisions are, in fact, the leading cause of death among persons aged 4 through 34.

The first day of the program is highlighted by a simulated traffic collision that will be conducted at Amador High School involving an impaired teenage driver and a fatally injured victim.  Student participants will be carefully selected to include students from Amador, Argonaut, and Educational Alternatives High Schools.  All students from each high school will be present at the crash scene.  The event includes emergency responses from police, fire, ambulance, coroner, public works, and tow truck companies, just as an actual collision would require.

The second day of the Every 15 Minutes program will take place at Argonaut High School in Jackson on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.  A mock funeral assembly will be held at approximately 9:30am at Argonaut High School where the previously mock-dead students will be reunited with their parents, family, and friends.  Students from all high schools will attend the assembly where a video of the previous day’s activities will be shown, and presentations will be made by several guest speakers. Following the assembly will be a reception to provide support services, community engagement, and lunch to all students, staff and volunteers.

This event is conducted by the California Highway Patrol, with support from the Amador County Juvenile Justice Commission, Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Amador Teen Driver, Amador County Probation Department, Nexus Youth & Family Services, Ledger Dispatch, Sutter Creek Fire Department, Sutter Creek Police Department, Jackson Fire Department, Jackson Police Department, Amador County Sheriff’s Office,  State Farm Insurance,  American Legion, Amador County Superior Court, Amador County District Attorney’s Office, Daneri’s Mortuary, Sutter Amador Hospital, Amador County Unified School District, KVGC 1340 and many other community partners and affiliates.

Initial funding for this program is provided through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additional funding is needed to successfully implement this program.

Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians has generously offered to be a Platinum level sponsor for the event.  If you would like more information regarding funding opportunities contact Loraine Davis at or (209)304-5125. 

The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of California.

For more information about this program, or other youth prevention activities that are available in our county, contact Nadine at Nexus Youth & Family Services at 257-1980 ext. 102 or email

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