The number of DUI related auto deaths in the United States on a yearly basis is alarming. It is only when we begin to look at the daily statistics and the ones that involve high school age kids, that it becomes very clear that we have a huge problem.
About 18 months ago we started the planning process with Birmingham Community Charter High School in taking part in the “Every 15 Minutes” Program.
The program, which is funded and sponsored by The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the San Fernando Valley, Inc. (NCADD-SFV) and local CHP and law enforcement agencies, is an educational tool that is used to make high school aged students more aware of the impact that drinking and driving has on their communities. This “real-life” experience consists of a staged announcement of the loss of student lives, followed by a staged and very realistic DUI accident resulting in massive injuries and fatalities in front of the entire student body. This staged collision involves law enforcement and emergency assistance teams such as fire and paramedics as they run through a complete rescue and recovery procedure.
The program was designed to evoke raw and real emotion from students as they are challenged to think about the potential consequences of drinking and driving. While the process can seem brutal and harsh for the students, the CHP feels that witnessing these events allow students to understand the cause and effect of drinking and driving.
“We were beyond honored that Birmingham Community Charter High School was interested in hosting the event. “This was a great opportunity to not only educate everyone on the dangers of drinking and driving.
We encourage the community to learn more about the “Every 15 Minutes” Program and what each of us can do to be better informed to keep our youth and community safe. For more information about E15 and how it can benefit your school, check out: http://www.everyfifteenminutes.org/
For more information:
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the San Fernando Valley, Inc.
6166 Vesper Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91411