Thank you to Auburn CHP Officer David Martinez for inviting me to the Every 15-minutes program at Colfax High School Thursday morning.
Every 15-minutes someone dies in a car crash due to drunk driving. Too often these are teenagers. This is why the California Highway Patrol hosts “every 15-minutes” programs at an area high schools with the help of students, school staff, community donations, grants, EMS, law enforcement and fire first responders, an accident scene is set up on a football field to show students what happens when teens drink and drive.
Not only are victims removed bloodied from cars using the Jaws of Life but the drunk driver is given a sobriety test and arrested. The victim that dies due to injuries is taken away by a funeral home. Does seeing such a demonstration make students think about drinking and driving? On day 2- parents of the students selected to die in the crash come to the school and read letters to their children who have died. A speaker who has lost a child due to drunk driving speaks of their story of having to lose a child due to drunk driving.