IRVINE, CA (APRIL 17, 2013): On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, the Irvine Police Department, in conjunction with Crean Lutheran High School, will be conducting a simulated drunk driving traffic collision. The collision will be staged at the intersection of Spring Meadow and Virtuoso, as part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program.
“Every 15 Minutes” is a two-day program which demonstrates to high school students, the impact drinking and driving has on friends, families and the community. The first day of the program is highlighted by a simulated traffic collision near the high school involving an impaired teenage driver and a fatally injured victim. A Hollywood special effects coordinator will assist to with staging and makeup to add realism to the crash scene. The event includes police, fire, ambulance, coroner, public works and tow truck responses, just as an actual collision would require.
The mock collision will take place for approximately an hour; however, the roadway will be closed for several hours. The additional closure time is required for safety during scene set-up and breakdown. As such, on April 17, 2013, Spring Meadow between Sand Canyon and Medallion, as well as, the north entrance to the Palmeras Apartment Community at Virtuoso will be closed between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Additionally, Sand Canyon will be closed between Spring Meadow and Saints Way for approximately five to ten minutes at 11:40 a.m. while student cross Sand Canyon towards the collision scene. Motorists who typically use the north exit of Virtuoso towards Spring Meadow will be directed to the south exit of the complex onto Irvine Boulevard. Those Motorists who typically use Spring Meadow to access Sand Canyon will be directed to Groveland towards Irvine Boulevard or Paragon towards Portola.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the California Highway Patrol. This event is supported by the City of Irvine, Orange County Fire Authority, California Highway Patrol, Pacific View Mortuary, Doctor’s Ambulance, and many other community partners.
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