News release

Mammoth Lakes, CA: On Thursday May 23rd, 2019, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department in conjunction with the Bridgeport Office of the California Highway Patrol and Mammoth High School, will be conducting a simulated drunk driving traffic collision as part of the Every 15 Minutes program.


File photo/Simulated accidents bring home the message about driving under the influence.

The collision will be staged behind Mammoth High School and will begin at about 10:30 a.m. The mock collision will take place for approximately one hour. During the mock collision there will be a high concentration of emergency vehicles in the area. We would like to ensure that the public is aware this is a mock emergency incident and that no real emergency actually exists.

Every 15 minutes is a two-day program which demonstrates to high school students the impact drinking and driving has on friends, families, and their community. The first day of the program is highlighted by a simulated traffic collision that will be conducted at the high school involving an impaired teenage driver and fatally injured victims. The event includes emergency responses from police, fire, ambulance, coroner, tow truck companies and a law enforcement helicopter, just as an actual collision would require. The program will conclude with an assembly with guest speakers for students on Friday May 24th, 2019.

This event is conducted by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, with support from the California Highway Patrol, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Mono County District Attorney’s Office, Mammoth Lakes Fire Department and Mono County Paramedics, Mammoth Hosptial and the Mammoth Unified School District.

Funding for the program was provided by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant. Additional funding for this program was provided by numerous donations from the following businesses throughout the Mammoth Lakes Community: GROCERY OUTLET, VON’S, MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, SIERRA NEVADA LODGE, KITTREDGE SPORTS, MAMMOTH BUSINESS ESSENTIALS, INC., EASTERN SIERRA AUDIO, LION’S CLUB OF MAMMOTH LAKES, ROTARY CLUB OF MAMMOTH LAKES, TERESA’S AUTO BODY & TOWING, TOOMEY’S, STARBUCKS, SALSA’S, 1849 CONDOS.


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