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Crash simulation program comes to Saugus

Posted: December 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.

LA County Sheriff's deputy and grim reaper, Michael Marshall, speaks with Principle Bill Bolde during an Every 15 Minutes event held at Saugus High School. The reaper entered classrooms to take away preselected students who have been fictionally killed by drunk driving as a way to promote safe driving habits. Photo by Charlie Kaijo.

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Students at Saugus High School took part in the Every 15 Minutes program on Thursday.

The simualted car crash encourages students to live the devastating experience of a drunken driving-related death on city streets.

The emotionally charged program exposes students to a realistic-looking mock collision that results in one participant jailed and one or more others dead, according to the scenario.

Every 15 Minutes is conducted at local high schools on a rotating basis in a bid to “dramatically instill teenagers with the consequences associated with drinking alcohol, reckless driving and life choices,” according to a news release about the event. “The program will challenge students to think about personal safety and the responsibility of making mature decisions.”

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