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DUI Sentencing Held at Orland High School

Orland, Calif.--It wasn't your typical set-up in the gymnasium with a judge front and center sentencing two woman who drove under the influence.

Posted: Apr 20, 2018 5:22 PM
Updated: Apr 20, 2018 5:32 PM

Orland, Calif.—On Friday, high school students in orland received a real life lesson on the consequences of driving while under the influence.

It wasn't your typical set-up in the gymnasium with a judge front and center sentencing two woman who drove under the influence.

"These two people that agreed said that I made mistakes in my life and I want these students to see what has happened to me so that maybe they don't make these same mistakes," said Sara Harbarger, Glenn County Deputy District Attorney.

The sentencing was organized with the Glenn Superior Court along with the District Attorney's office, the California Office of Traffic Safety and the Office of Education's Friday Night Live program.

Alondra Pompa is a junior at the school and said while she doesn't drive yet, it's important for her peers to watch a sentencing and see the consequences.

"This is a serious matter and people are getting sentencing and they are losing their family because they can't see them and it's really important," she said. 

"You can lose your job, you can have your kids taken away potentially, and you could lose your freedom and be sent to prison. Or as we're going to talk about today later, you can injure your passengers, you can kill your passengers, kill yourself or anyone else on the roadway," said Harbarger.

Driving under the influence is something that school principal Victor Perry said is easily preventable.

"Anytime you lose a young life it's tragic and it's horrible, they have their whole life in front of them and they're just getting going and you know having those dreams and aspirations," he said.

In addition to learning about the consequences, Harbarger said she wants students to know that driving under the influence isn't just limited to alcohol.

"Marijuana, prescription drugs, meth, and that's just as impairing as alcohol and it seems that a lot of people don't realize that and so we're seeing a lot more injuries and fatality collisions based on drug dui's," said Harbarger.

Students were also given the opportunity to add their name to Casey's Pledge, where they agree not to drink and drive or get in the car of a drinking driver in honor of 20-year-old Casey Goodwin who was killed by an 18-year-old drunk driver..

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