Every 15 Minutes is a program that culminates in a two-day program with a traffic collision one day, and a funeral-type assembly the next. It involves students, parents, California Highway Patrol, Fire, Emergency Medical, Mercy Air, chaplains, counselors, and other community members. It is our hope that this program will encourage smart choices, and make students think about the consequences of their actions.

35 students were directly involved: as walking dead, in the traffic collision, filming, and photography. The students left the traffic collision and toured the Riverside County Coroner’s and later, shared with law enforcement and Trauma Intervention Program. We wrote goodbye letters to our parents, and pledged to stay alive and not drink and drive.

The next day brought tears as we viewed the E15M film, students read their goodbyes, and a mother of a child killed by a drunk driver spoke to us. CHP also spoke, and we ended with one of the Riverside Deputy District Attorneys, who told us that we never want to be in his courtroom, because there is no mercy for drunk drivers.

Heritage High School participated in the program on April 11-12 2013. HHS can next participate in E15M in the Spring of 2015.

For more information on the program please visit: http://www.every15minutes.com

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