Every 15 Minutes
Apr 04, 2016 12:39PM
● By Elena Hutslar
By Susan Wood Photography
This year, College Park High School was selected to participate in the Every 15 Minutes program. This intense two-day event on March 22 and 23 reenacted the tragic and far-reaching effects of an alcohol-related traffic collision that results in the loss of a teenager’s life. Unfortunately, this scenario plays out in real life almost every 15 minutes and accounts for a large percentage of the nearly 5,000 teenagers and young adults killed every year in this country.
This interactive experience serves to educate high school students about the dangers of drinking and driving. Every 15 Minutes also emphasizes the far reaching consequences drunk driving has on society in terms of lives lost, serious bodily injuries, emotional pain, and significant financial loss.
Every 15 Minutes is coordinated by The California Highway Patrol in partnership with the Pleasant Hill Police Department, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and a host of College Park High School students and parent volunteers. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This program is statewide, and College Park High School offers it every other year.