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Every 15 Minute Program
updated: Apr 08, 2014, 8:08 AM

Source: CHP


San Marcos High School will be hosting the every 15 minute program. This will be the 5th time in 10 years this impactful program has been held at this campus.

This program was developed to prevent teen drinking and driving, the "Every 15 Minutes" program is one of several teen driving programs the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is involved in with the goal of reducing crashes and fatalities among teenagers. However, this program helps the students see the impact of the tragedy from a different perspective; through the eyes of their family and friends.

• The two-day program focuses on high school juniors and seniors, challenging them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions impacting family, friends and others.

• Every 15 Minutes programs dramatically present, through realistic demonstrations, the effect that a fatal impaired driver crash has on a school, the families and a community.

• Volunteer students are taken from their classrooms every 15 minutes to be the "victims" of the multiple fatal DUI crash. The rest of the student body sees a wrecked vehicle brought to the campus and watches as emergency crews demonstrate efforts to remove the "victims" from the wreckage. The collision scene will be held on April, 8 2014, approximately 10:00 a.m.

• At the end of the first day, the volunteer living-dead, are taken to an overnight retreat where they learn first hand from people who have been involved in or affected by an incident involving alcohol. The students write letters to their loved ones expressing thoughts they would convey if they had not been "killed" on that particular day.

• On day two, a student body assembly is held. The assembly will be held on April, 9 2014 at the San Marcos Auditorium at 10:00 a.m.

• The Every 15 Minutes programs are presented after months of planning and meetings involving school officials, law enforcement, firefighters, community hospitals, emergency medical responders, chaplains, counselors, the judiciary, community groups, local businesses and parents.


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