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Staged collision planned Tuesday at El Camino High as part of anti-DUI program

The California Highway Patrol will stage a drunken driving collision on the El Camino High School campus Tuesday as part of the Every 15 Minutes program.

The mock collision will take place about 10:45 a.m. on the basketball black top area of the high school at 4300 El Camino Ave. in the Arden Arcade area. For a little more than an hour, emergency vehicles will be in the area participating in the staged incident, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. CHP officials said they wanted to alert the public to the exercise so they would know it is not an actual emergency.

Every 15 Minutes is a two-day program designed to demonstrate to high school students the effect drinking and driving has on friends, families and their community. The first day of the program features a simulated traffic collision involving an impaired teenage driver, fatally injured victim and two other seriously injured people. It will include emergency responses from the CHP, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, Lombard funeral home, LJ’s tow truck company and Cal Star helicopters.

The program will conclude at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday with a mock funeral and assembly for students.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.