04/16/2012: "“Every 15 Minutes” Program Starts Tuesday"
One person dies nationally, each fifteen minutes, in a drug or alcohol related auto accident. Every 15 Minutes is a nationally recognized program that creates increased community awareness and action to reduce alcohol and drug related incidents and deaths. On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. (04-17-12) at the SJHS football field the San Juan Emergency Agencies Collaborate on the “Every 15 Minutes” Program with a staged "car crash" that is the beginning of a two day event.
There will be simulated death announcements every fifteen minutes during Friday Harbor High School classes, a catastrophic auto accident demonstration on the football field, followed by the arrest and trial of a student for DUI, reactions from the student victims and their parents. and a mock funeral.
San Juan Island agencies have joined forces to create a “real life” experience intended to impact this community and youth.
“We have heard from past participants that after experiencing this event they made choices that saved their lives. For instance, a group of girls did not get into a car with boys who had been drinking. Later that night the boys crashed their vehicle, resulting in one death. It is gratifying, but rare that we get direct feedback of this kind after events of this sort,” said event director, Lainey Volk.
This event is held every three years and the cost is funded through generous donations and grants from the community.