Public safety and school officials are bracing for a two-car collision they expect to take place at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday on Oak Grove Drive, directly in front of La Cañada High School. An intoxicated driver will be involved, and at least one of our own teens will die, maybe more. We know that at least a few will be injured, and the underage drunk behind the wheel of one of those cars will be arrested.
Of course this is theater with a very specifically targeted audience, and all the youth participants will, by Thursday, be completely healthy. The offending driver will be out of “jail” and back in class. It’s hoped that at least a few kids will receive the intended, sobering message — the same week the Spartans are gearing up for prom night — that there can be deadly consequences to driving under the influence of alcohol.
Adults oversee the two-day program, called Every 15 Minutes. According to Joanne Davidson, assistant principal at La Cañada High, the name is derived from the fact that four times every hour a U.S. resident dies in an alcohol-related traffic collision. There is a website devoted to the nationally used program: wwwevery15minutes.com.