Students watch DUI crash scenario


PARADISE, Calif. - Hundreds of students at Paradise High School got a firsthand look at the dangers of drunk driving Wednesday. A simulated accident was set up in front of the school as part of the Every 15 Minutes Campaign.

According to the campaign, every 15 minutes someone dies of an alcohol related traffic accident. "It just hurts that it is completely possible for all of this to happen," said senior Mat Machado. The actors in the simulation were Paradise High students. Firefighters, paramedics and police officers showed the students what happens when a tragedy like this happens for real. "We never see the students this quiet ever," said Principal Michelle John. Also, some students were painted like zombies portrayed as the "walking dead". It showed their peers someone they know personally and pretending they are gone. "Your stomach kind of sinks," said Machado. "It sinks pretty far down to a place you didn't know even existed." Machado said that he's seen his fair share of his peers at Paradise High experiment with alcohol and getting behind the wheel. "There's not that much to do in this town," said Machado. "Kids do find a way have a good time and that's their way."

Experts with Every 15 Minutes have said that students are influenced by these presentations.