Every 15 Minutes Program at Liberty High School
April 16, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
PLEASE CONTACT KEITH PAUL, (702) 267-4510
What: Every 15 Minutes program
When: Thursday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m. and Friday, April 19 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Liberty High School, 3700 Liberty Heights Avenue
Henderson, Nev. – The juniors and seniors at Liberty High School will participate in a realistic, two-day event designed to personalize the grim cost of drinking and driving.
By sharing this unique experience with the students, we hope to illustrate the consequences bad decisions can have on the lives of the students and their families. Every 15 minutes, a driver, passenger, or an innocent bystander dies from an alcohol-related car crash. Every weekend, a teenager dies in a car crash and half of those accidents involve alcohol.
“The Every 15 Minutes program lets the students participate in an experience that shows them what can happen when someone gets behind the wheel of a car after drinking,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said. “We want to work with the students and help them see the potential harm that poor choices can have on someone’s life.”
Liberty High School will be the site of the latest Every 15 Minutes program put on by the Henderson Police Department with the cooperation of the Clark County School District, Henderson Fire Department, and many others. On Thursday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m. a fatal traffic collision will be simulated for the students. Law enforcement and emergency medical services will respond.
One student will “die” in the accident at the scene of the crash. One student will be airlifted to a hospital with major injuries, while another student will be taken to a hospital by ambulance. The police will give the teenage driver a field sobriety test and arrest the driver for DUI.
In addition to the crash scene, a pre-selected student will "die" every 15 minutes throughout the day. These "dead" students represent the nation's loss of teenage lives every day. These students will be removed from class and not return until after the two-day program is completed, thereby showing the loss involved in fatal crashes.
On Friday, April 19, the students will gather for an assembly to talk about the experience. One of the students involved in the simulated fatal traffic accident as well as one of their parents will speak at the assembly. A representative of the Henderson City Attorney’s Office will talk to the students about the law regarding driving under the influence. A parent who actually lost a child in an auto accident involving a DUI driver will also speak.
Liberty High School freshmen and sophomores will attend an assembly to familiarize them with the program. In 2003, Henderson Police added an assembly for the freshmen and sophomore students, who will participate in the program when they are either juniors or seniors.
The Henderson Police Department started participating in the nationwide Every 15 Minutes program in May 2001 with a program at Foothill High School. Since the first event, more than 40,000 students have taken part in the program in Henderson.
Note to the Media: The simulated crash will begin in front of the school on Thursday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m.
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