Last week, the California Highway Patrol and the California Office of Traffic Safety, in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita, LA County Sheriff’s and Fire Department hosted the Every 15 Minutes program at Canyon High School. This a program designed to teach students the consequences of drinking and driving.
The two-day program focuses on high school juniors and seniors and challenges them to think about the impact their decisions they have on themselves and others. The very dramatic and emotional lesson challenges teens to think about drinking and driving, personal safety and the responsibility of making the right choices.
On day one of the program, a graphic demonstration of a traffic crash site was reenacted by students, who played the roles of victims, as well as the drunk driver. Local police and fire emergency responders reported to the fictional scene, as well as an ambulance, a coroner, members of public works and a tow truck company.
On day two of the program, participants shared their experiences and lessons learned from the previous days event at a student assembly for juniors and seniors.
For more information about the Every 15 Minutes program, visit CHP.CA.gov. The next reenactment will be hosted at Valencia High School in February.