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Foothill Road closed until 2 p.m. today for high school's 'Every 15 Minutes' program

Foothill High's event aims at stopping DUI tragedies

Foothill Road will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday between Muirwood and Oak Creek drives as juniors and seniors from Foothill and Village high schools watch the "Every 15 Minutes" event.

The program, aimed at alerting high school students to the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, will take place in front of the Foothill High campus.

The program was started in 1995 by the Chico Police Department and is now an event staged at high schools throughout California, including Foothill and Amador Valley high schools, which alternate each year in hosting the program.

Thursday's event will incorporate two crashed cars placed on Foothill Road, role-playing by more than 30 students, including a driver of the crashed car and two others "killed" in the accident, and a student assembly and retreat held for students and parents who will be part of the effort.

Pleasanton police, firefighters from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, the Alameda County Coroner's Office and many others will join in the program. Numerous emergency vehicles also will be involved and people in the area will hear a lot of sirens for a short period of time.

In addition, CALSTAR will be landing its helicopter to transport an "injured" party to the hospital. Others involved will be the Pleasanton Streets Department, Graham-Hitch Mortuary, Save-Tow, and Eden Medical Center.

Numerous emergency vehicles will be involved and people in the area will hear a lot of sirens for a short period of time. CALSTAR will be landing their helicopter to transport an "injured" party to the hospital.

Others involved will be:the Pleasanton Streets Department, Graham-Hitch Mortuary, Save-Tow, and Eden Medical Center.

A follow-up assembly will be held in the Foothill gymnasium Friday. No street closures are involved with the assembly.

Pleasanton Police officer Josh Christensen said the "Every 15 Minutes" program derives its name from the frequency at which a person is killed in an alcohol or drug related collision in the U.S. every day.

According to a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 7,000 drivers ages 15 to 20 are involved in fatal traffic crashes across the nation each year. The report showed that 18% of the drivers had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, despite it being illegal for teens to drink. The NHTSA also said 64% of those drivers died as a result of the crash.

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Posted by Christine M
a resident of Castlewood
on Apr 14, 2016 at 8:37 pm

sad to hear the the Livermore schools are not having it this year. I heard they don't have the funds. I personally think this should be manadatory in every district.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 15, 2016 at 7:20 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

The California office of traffic (OTS) provides a grant which funds this program. it is available to the Livermore school district.


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Posted by Susan
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 15, 2016 at 10:55 am

Meaningless symbolism and very little impact. If you want to stop underage drinking and driving stop it at the source. Automatic 5 year prison term for anyone supplying alcohol to a minor.


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Posted by Sasha
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Susan, good idea, HOWEVER, I understand that liquor is the top item stolen from the Lucky store on W. Las Positas so.......


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