Students need to be educated about the consequences of drinking and driving. The Every 15 Minutes campaign was designed to do just that, allowing students to feel what it was like to be in a fatal accident then live through the aftermath. According to KABC and one of the students involved, the program is designed to have a lasting impact.
The two-day program held at Sante Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs was meant to be a hard-hitting look at drinking and driving. Students are exposed to real scenarios and made to feel like their peers are no longer with them. There was also a discussion with a real drinking and driving victim.
“I never in a million years would have thought I would be one, paralyzed and two, speaking about being paralyzed in a drunk driving accident. You can’t really prepare for an injury like this, but you have an option and you have a voice and you can say no to getting into the car,” said Chelsie Hill.
Some participants in the campaign were sequestered during the campaign to give the other students the sensation of loss. The students were relieved when they were reunited at the mock funeral. Drinking and driving is nothing to be trifled with.
We hope that the students who went through the Every 15 Minutes campaign were affected to the point where they think twice about drinking and driving.
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