“Every 15 Minutes” is a two-day program involving high school students which encourage them to think about personal safety when alcohol is involved, making mature decisions and recognizing that their actions affect others. It is based on the 1980's statistics that every 15 minutes someone is killed in an alcohol-related incident. As part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program, a DUI crash reconstruction scene will be set up on Valley View Drive.
Two mangled vehicles will be towed to the scene and four students will be positioned inside as part of the DUI scene reconstruction. Fire department, medical, and police personnel will help to “rescue” the participants. A Mercy Air helicopter will also land and transport one of the “victims” to the hospital. Students will witness the reconstruction from bleachers set near the crash scene.
“Our hope is we can bring awareness to our teenagers. The goal is to demonstrate the possible consequences of drinking and driving and the many lives it affects”, says Mesquite Police Sergeant Mike Van Houten. “What they witness and learn here could possibly save their life and those of others.”
Tomorrow, March 27th, an assembly will be held in the high school gym at 8:00 am to support the message to teenagers that drinking and driving costs lives.