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Simulation puts drunk driving into real-time perspective

Original post made on Apr 23, 2008

It may have only been a simulation, but the faces of high school students who watched the events unfold told it all.

Their eyes were fixated on a real-time drunk driving collision that was simulated in front of Foothill High School's front entrance this morning.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 22, 2008, 2:44 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by Chris
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 23, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Kids, pay attention, if you by any chance reading this string, take to heart what you saw demonstrated, it is real, it happens, as we have experienced, and it is PREVENTABLE> If you know you are going to drink, find a sober driver, make arrangements to get a ride, or just stay put....the thinking while you are still intoxicated that you are fine is not real. Drinking and Driving Kills, now that is REAL. Please be smart, have fun, but be safe...god bless all...

Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 23, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Parents can also do their part by providing rides "no questions asked".

Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 23, 2008 at 8:17 pm

How effective is this kind of thing? Honestly, I remember seeing similar simulations and not really caring about them.

Posted by Smart not MADD
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 23, 2008 at 9:48 pm


You are absolutely WRONG. It is not OK for teens or young adults to get intoxicated if they arrange for a designated driver. It is not OK for them to get intoxicated at all. It is illegal. And there was a fatal accident in Pleasanton caused by a drunk teenage passenger who caused the car to go out of control. Getting intoxicated leaves young girls incapable of protecting themselves against rape. It leads to sexual promiscuity and STDs. And it is ILLEGAL!!! Why would you encourage this? And don't tell me that everyone does it so we should just accept it. Everyone does not do it and those that do probably do so because a message like yours makes it seem normal and acceptable -as long as you don't drive.

Posted by marie
a resident of Castlewood
on Apr 24, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Pleasanton has been doing this program for years and we still have one or more kids killed each year. I know that Laurel & Katie attended this. So is this working? maybe its time to do something else to get their attention.

Posted by Chris
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 24, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Smart: Of course it is NOT o.k, of course it IS illegal. Does that stop themm? NO. So what are you saying put the fear in them, it is the fear in them that stops them from calling their parents!!!!!!....I am living in the real world where they do party like this and just asking them to think. No not all kids do, but here in the "real" world MOST do. You may be smart, but you are not very bright.

Posted by Ann
a resident of Foothill High School
on Apr 24, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Does anyone really believe we can stop kids from drinking altogether? Prohibition did not work for adults and with little exception any adult reading this drank before turning 21.

We can’t pretend they won’t drink if we tell them not to and we can’t give up and say getting drunk is okay.
So we must continue to put the consequences in their face and we must continue to give them realistic strategies on how to be safe and responsible.

I fully support everyone developing a lifetime mindset of a designated driver or calling a sober driver. My (18 and over) kids have called me and I was grateful that they did.

Many freshmen are preparing to get their permits and most sophomores are getting their drivers licenses. Our younger students are at risk of getting into a car with a drunk driver.

Every 15 minutes is a powerful program and it is unfortunate it can only be offered to juniors and seniors (because our schools are too big to allow all classes to participate, even outside.)

Kudos to the cooperation between school district and police department to provide this program.

Posted by Hmmmmm
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Apr 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Drinking age 16, Driving age 21. Parents would never go for this as it would be too inconvienient...... Kids are going to experiment, always have always will. Make it illegal to drive until they're 21 and much of the problem would go away. Probably would have a lot of drunks walking around town though.....

Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 25, 2008 at 1:09 am

Don't know if simulations such as these are effective but if it "hits home" with just one observer then it's worthwhile. Looking back upon my experiences as a teen many, many years ago, I think we truly believed we were invincible and it "only happens to the other person".

Posted by Lady
a resident of Happy Valley
on Apr 25, 2008 at 1:38 pm

kids are gonna drink and party no matter what. Not saying all kids do but a lot of them do. Most kids do say they will never drink and drive but the problem is they dont think they are that drunk after two or three beers. thts is the problem along with othere kids not looking out for their friends. Parents you dont have to be okay with youre children drinking and should punish them but always let them know you will pick them up drunk or not. Then the next day let them have it. I dont know how many times i have been grateful tht my parents picked me up.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 26, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Kids are gonna experiment with alcohol and drugs and many more will die or harm innocent others in senseless accidents. It seems to me that many parents are willing to play the odds and pretend that their kids are safe. With (Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff)DRIVERS like Miss Katie around, it will happen again and again and again and again...

The videos can't hurt and they might help. SAD.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 26, 2008 at 6:59 pm

Don't be drunk.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 9, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Chris...I would possibly agree with you if you didn't always end your posts with that hideous reference to g-d. Please, we are not all cut from the same rag...get the pic?

Posted by -
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2008 at 10:35 pm

and Cholo, there's such a thing as free speech. stop using your prejudices to justify rejecting an argument

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