RIVERSIDE (CBS) — School officials and Riverside police hosted an unusual pre-prom event for Ramona High School’s senior class Thursday morning – a live drunk driving sentencing.

A Riverside Superior Court DUI sentencing, complete with a judge in black robes, a bailiff and DUI defendant, took place at Ramona High’s auditorium, in an effort to drive home the message, “Don’t drink and drive.”

A DUI defendant who had pleaded guilty to two criminal charges volunteered to have his sentencing done in front of the students, in the hopes that they would see the serious consequences and choose not to drink and drive. He did not want his face shown nor his name released.

The 19-year-old defendant was found slumped over the steering wheel and incoherent. Police say he was drunk and high on pot when they found his car idling in the middle of a street.

The school’s prom takes place Saturday.

Comments (5)
  1. jackie says:

    It’s good to know that so many programs are going on in schools these days to dissuade students from making the wrong decisions. It only takes seconds and one wrong choice to change lives forever. My son was involved in a drunk driving accident in 2009. He was 17 at the time and a passenger in a car being driven by a 20 year old intoxicated driver. My son nearly died of a traumatic brain injury; he was given less than 1% chance of survival. I thank the Lord every day for giving him back to us. He survived and now speaks to different groups on the dangers of drunk driving. If this program reaches one person, it is well worth it!

  2. ROXY says:

    They should have DRUG & ALCOHOL Education for all high schools. They used to have Sex Education but with budgets cuts & Layoffs, i’m not sure if they still offer that anymore.

  3. ILLEGALS says:

    They’ll forget once they’re out on the town having a good time.

  4. Sexy Surfer says:

    If our Gov really care, they should force drivers to watch a 1 hour Drug/Alcohol educational video or take a Drug/Alcohol written test, either or, before handling out driver licenses.

  5. CAN says:

    Good for him to use his bad situation for good. I hope he has learned his lesson now too.

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