A Sobering Reminder of the Dangerous Consequences of Drinking Alcohol & Texting while Driving
Temecula students participated in the the “Every 15 Minutes Program” that was preformed at Chaparral High School on Tuesday. This program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks. This emotionally charged program, entitled Every 15 Minutes, is an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving. It is held near the end of the school year around the time of proms and graduations. The program provides a harsh and realistic look at what happens when you drink and drive. That reality is, that quite often, you can die.
Various Temecula police, fire, and ambulance personnel were participating in the event at Chaparral High School. There was also a California Highway Patrol helicopter landing on school grounds to airlift one of the “critically injured” students to a trauma center.
After the crash scene, some students toured Cois Byrd Correctional, England Mortuary, and then attended an evening long retreat at Pechanga Resort, where they spent the night.
At the retreat, there were speakers from the District Attorney’s office, Temecula PD, and a member of the public who shared what it was like losing his family to an intoxicated driver. The students shared thoughts and feelings, and then authored a “goodbye letter” to their parents. The retreat ended about midnight. They were transported to school by bus this morning where a memorial service was held on campus.
This powerful program challenges students to think about drinking, texting while driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.
Press Release Provided by the Temecula Police Department