Amador Valley High's 'Every 15 Minutes' program continues today

Anti-DUI event includes partial closure of Del Valle Parkway this morning

The Pleasanton Unified School District and the Pleasanton Police Department will continue their "Every 15 Minutes" program at Amador Valley High School again today.

The event is for high school juniors and seniors from Amador Valley and Dublin's Valley Christian School.

A high impact anti-DUI program, "Every 15 Minutes" derives from the frequency at which a person is killed in an alcohol- or drug-related collision in the United States, said Pleasanton police officer Steven Ayers.

The program aims to teach young adults about the dangers and consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Part of the program involved a mock fatal traffic collision on Del Valle Parkway adjacent to the high school, that was held yesterday.

The collision simulated a DUI crash involving young adults, in which several were killed. Paramedics, firefighters, police officers and other emergency personnel handled the mock crash just as they would have in a real collision. High schoolers had the opportunity to observe the emergency crews in action and witness the arrest of the intoxicated driver.

A follow-up assembly is scheduled for today at Amador Valley's gymnasium.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 14, 2015 at 8:32 am

It's ironic they hold the "Every 15 Minutes" at this location. Drivers all but ignore the 25 MPH speed limit on Del Valle Parkway. Our neighborhood calls this Del Valle Raceway. Complaints to the police department go unnoticed. Sure they post radar motorcycles at the beginning of the school year and that's it. It's not just the students either. Mom's, Dad's and many other drivers regularly speed under the overpass at well over 40 MPH and often blow both stop signs. Please do something here!!

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Posted by PtownMom
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 15, 2015 at 10:23 am

I wish I could get some adults I know to go to this. Kids aren't the only ones driving after having too much to drink.

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Posted by Thank you
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 16, 2015 at 8:54 am

Kudos to the PUSD for holding this and also for having it the Thursday and Friday before Prom season starts. Very appropriate and timely.

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Posted by LM
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 16, 2015 at 10:02 am

Yes, thank you for holding this. It is intense but also one of the best ways to demonstrate the possible outcome of such selfish behavior. But mostly I am commenting just to agree with Ptown Mom. It is no secret that there are many many many parents who should also attend this event. If you think your kids aren't aware that you're driving under the influence, you're kidding yourself. And if it's always ok for you, it's always going to be ok for them.

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Posted by Kim Sanchez ~ Ptown Original License Plate ;o)
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

Please have a discussion with your children tonight and tomorrow. They might say 'but mom and dad I don't drink or use drugs'. My dear friend and past Art Teacher at Valley Christian High School, Mrs. Debbie Davis, Lost her only son on Foothill Road a few short years ago. He was sober, he was the "designated driver", there were 3 other intoxicated teens in the car. The one in the back seat reached forward and pulled on the steering wheel. Her son was the only one, with good intentions to drive his 3 intoxicated friends home, that died that night. Let his life have meaning and teach our children that they should not get into a car that anyone, adult, teen, or anyone is in. I think of him often as I live off Foothill Road and say a prayer for his mom. Please pray for Debbie and her family.

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Posted by lady
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Apr 16, 2015 at 1:47 pm

We moved here from the UK a couple years back & noticed just how many parents, New friends drive whilst under the influence. I couldn't believe it! It was the attitude of the 80s. I've even witnessed young adults (20 something) drive whilst udi. Do they really think a black coffee will sober them uo enough to drive. That alcohol will no longer be in their blood stream after?? Utter madness, foolishness & sselfishness. TEXTING is another thing I regally see here whilst driving. All Ages! THINK PEOPLE! THINK. Will it really take for you to have a family member killed this way or for you to be responsible of killing someone to make you realize?!?

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Posted by AVHS Mom
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 17, 2015 at 7:46 am

Thank you so much to the police, firefighters, and others that make this possible. My son, a junior, was quite taken with the message and it was the topic of conversation last night. He said at least 30+ people are involved at the scene to make it very realistic. As a parent, I thank all who are involved in sending this very important message to our students. Time and money well spent! Thank you!

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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Apr 17, 2015 at 8:47 am

Seems that the recent case of a Foothill High student killing someone with his car and being charged with 2nd degree murder should have served as a wake-up call to all Pleasanton high school students that reckless driving - with or without the involvement of drugs and alcohol - has real world consequences and that they can and will be held responsible for their driving decisions.

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Posted by AmadorParent
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Apr 17, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Thank you Amador for hosting this very important program for the students. If one life is saved it is worth it. My son who is in 9th grade said that while the juniors and seniors participated in the crash and assembly the 9th grade students watched a film about bullying and they talked with their teachers about texting and driving. Both very important topics for this age groupp. Our family conversations these past two evenings have been rich. I can only surmise that our new principal helped to involve the younger students, I don't think this was done before. Thank you Amador!

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Posted by Malu
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 6, 2015 at 1:32 pm

I was able to attend the funeral portion they filmed in the Amador gymnasium but where can I find the video that was being filmed? The student speeches were very impactful.

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Posted by Dahlia
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 11, 2015 at 8:23 pm

It has been a rich tradition for Amador for many years the bullying portion was added as something for the freshman and sophomores due to the longer periods. It is because of the amazing VIce Principals and certainly had nothing to do with the Principal who can't tear himself from his phone long enough to engage let alone talk with students. Thank you Mr. Bull and Ms. Grewal!

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