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News Release

Every 15 Minutes Program at Basic High School

March 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

PLEASE CONTACT KATHLEEN RICHARDS, (702) 267-2051

What:    Every 15 Minutes program
When:    Thursday, March 27 at 10:30 a.m. and Friday, March 28 at 8:30 a.m.
Where:    Basic High School, 400 Palo Verde Dr.

Henderson, Nev. – Basic High School seniors and juniors will get a realistic taste of the emotional and lasting consequences of drinking and driving during a two-day event for the Every 15 Minutes program.

On Thursday, March 27, the “grim reaper” will visit classrooms and remove a pre-selected student every 15 minutes, which represents the frequency someone is killed in a car crash. Immediately after, a staff member will enter the classroom and read that student’s obituary, explaining the circumstances of their classmate’s “death.” These removed students become the “living dead” and are not allowed to interact with other students for the rest of the day.

At 10:30 a.m. a fatal traffic collision will be simulated for the students. Law enforcement and emergency medical services will respond to the “crash scene” where one student will “die,” another will be airlifted to a hospital with major injuries, while another will be transported by ambulance. Police officers will give the teenage driver a field sobriety test and arrest the driver for DUI.

The group of “living dead” students will serve as a backdrop for the accident scene, then go on to participate in other activities that mirror what occurs following a fatal crash, such as a death notification, identification of a body and criminal prosecution for DUI. The students will also participate in an overnight retreat.

On Friday, March 28, at 8:30 a.m. school seniors and juniors will gather for an assembly to talk about the previous day’s experience and hear from those involved in the simulation, as well as others that have been impacted by drinking and driving.

The Henderson Police Department held their first Every 15 Minutes program in May 2001 at Foothill High School. Since the first event, more than 40,000 students have taken part in the program in Henderson. Henderson Police present the program in partnership with the Clark County School District, Henderson Fire Department, and many public and private entities.

Every 15 Minutes is a national program created to prevent impaired driving tragedies and provide teenagers with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to make mature decisions when they get behind the wheel.

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