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CPHS Presents Interactive Program on the Dangers of Driving Under the Influence

Apr 03, 2018 07:38PM ● By Elena Hutslar

CPHS Presents Interactive Program on the Dangers of Driving Under the Influence


College Park High School was selected yet again to participate in the Every 15 Minutes program. This intense two-day event on March 20 and 21 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. 


To demonstrate the all too frequent occurrence of teenage deaths from driving under the influence, officers extract roughly 35 students, one every 15 minutes, from various classrooms while announcing their death to fellow classmates. Once all the extractions have been made, the program begins with the student body witnessing a graphic display of a car accident with the arrival of emergency vehicles, life support helicopters, ambulances, sheriff, police and fire departments. “Victims” are taken to hospitals and the driver responsible for the accident is sent to jail. Throughout the day, personal visits from chaplains and officers delivering death notices are made to families of all the selected students and staff that take part in the event. To further demonstrate the loss of these “victims” they are sequestered overnight for a special retreat and have visits from chaplains, emergency services and speakers from CA Highway Patrol, M.A.D.D., and survivors from D.U.I collisions. The following day a memorial service takes place in the gym where the student body witnesses families and friends mourning the loss of their loved ones and listen to speakers describing their own personal loss due to such collisions. The service is emotional and powerful and leaves a lasting impact on all those attending.


This interactive experience is made possible only because of the committed parents, community partners, emergency services and staff at College Park High School who want to demonstrate 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, the Sheriff 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. Various businesses and organizations throughout the community donate funds, food and supplies to help make this impressionable event a possibility.  This program is available statewide but College Park High School is the only school in MDUSD that offers it every other year.