Tahoe-Truckee students witness mock fatal drunken driving wreck

Staff report

Every 15 Minutes

A similar program, Every 15 Minutes, also took place the morning of April 27 at Truckee High School, in an effort to dramatically let students know of the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving.

The program originated in Canada and was soon adopted in America, first in Spokane, Wash. The site of the first Every 15 Minutes program in California was in Chico in 1995.

It started based off a loose statistic that one person dies every 15 minutes in an alcohol-related crash. Visit to learn more.



This article has been updated from a previous version to report the correct air ambulance helicopter that responded to the mock incident, Careflight 3. The Sun regrets the error.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — In an effort to educate students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol use and abuse, a mock crash and its aftermath was performed in the North Tahoe High and Middle School parking lot last Wednesday morning, April 27.

The students who participated in the Shattered Dreams presentation as crash victims are members of North Tahoe Middle and High School’s Youth in Action Program.

Officials from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office North Tahoe office, North Tahoe Fire Protection District and Careflight 3 air ambulance out of the Truckee Airport “responded” to the accident, according to a PCSO news release.

Events span over a two-day period, including the April 27 mock crash, complete with law enforcement response, emergency room treatment, family notifications, and the arrest and booking of the driver.

The second day consists of a school assembly that includes a presentation developed by the Youth in Action students.

This biannual presentation has been produced and presented by local PCSO Community Service Officer Melinda Maehler, along with North Lake Tahoe students, past and present, since 1998.

Shattered Dreams is designed to take place toward the end of the school year, before prom and the many opportunities for celebration surrounding graduation and the start of summer vacation.

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