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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  March 23, 2015

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: DA Ramos and community partners to hold press conference at Granite Hills High School



DATE/TIME:
March 26, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

EVENT:
Safe and Sober Prom 2015 Kickoff

WHERE:
Granite Hills High School
22900 Esaws Avenue
Apple Valley, CA 92307

SUMMARY:
On March 26, 2015, key partners of the Safe and Sober Prom Campaign 2015 will kick off a public awareness campaign to educate teens, parents and community residents on the dangers and legal consequences of underage drinking.

A mock DUI criminal sentencing based on an actual case will be conducted at Granite Hills High School with over 300 senior students expected to be attendance. The DUI Court in School Project is implemented by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program (ADAPP) in partnership with the County Offices of the District Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff, the Superior Court of the State of California, Inland Empire Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Friday Night Live Youth.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
In an effort to spread the “Safe and Sober Prom” message, students from Friday Night Live will be holding signs and speaking during the press conference about how they are using social media. Students will be inviting their peers to upload pledges to be safe and sober for prom to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #SoberProm2015.

CASE:
In June 2014, the male defendant approached an intersection in Rialto at a high rate of speed and ran the red light. Doing so, he broadsided a car carrying four passengers. Two of the victims were pinned against the door and the Jaws of Life were used to extract them. The defendant’s blood alcohol level was .12 and he tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana. The defendant was sentenced to 3 years in state prison.

SCHEDULE:
9:30 – 9:50
Press Conference (to be held in the Performance Arts Center)

10:18 – 11:18
DUI Mock Sentencing and a Victim Impact Statement read by actual victim in the case

AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS:

• District Attorney Mike Ramos
• One of the actual victims from the 2014 case will be participating in the press conference and the DUI Court
• High School students from 10 different Friday Night Live Chapters from around the county
• Two students from Granite Hills High School who will be in the audience watching the DUI Court for the first time

Contacts
Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665
Amelia Sanchez Lopez, Health Education Specialist II, (909) 387-5055

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