In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Teen drivers may exhibit risky behavior such as consuming alcohol and/or drugs prior to, or while, driving a motor vehicle. The events and visual effects of Mock Crash productions provide an intense impact on these young adults, which will hopefully aid them in understanding the consequences of destructive behaviors such as driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
"It is the mission of the National Every 15 Minutes Organization to prevent impaired driving tragedies and to save lives by building and supporting a national network of organizations with similar missions while preserving the integrity of the program. To provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with making mature decisions while creating meaningful family dialogue." (Official Every 15 Minutes Organization )
Every 15 Minutes is a two-day program that challenges high school students to think about the consequences of drinking, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved. The program seeks to provide students with a hard-hitting, realistic dramatization of the aftermath of a fatal alcohol-related car crash.
Service High School will be hosting a mock crash on April 13th-14th, 2016.
For more information, contact Officer Bradley Clark, 907-742-6695.
South Anchorage High School, Anchorage, AK
On the morning of April 14, 2010 South Anchorage High School staged a mock drunk driving car crash in their parking lot. A drunk driver killed one girl on impact, and another died a few hours later in the hospital. One other student was left paralyzed from the waist down and three others were left with minor cuts and bruises. The drunk driver was taken to jail and then later tried in court, where the parents of the victims gave victim impact statements. The driver received 41 years; 20 to serve as her sentence. Meanwhile at school 23 students were pulled out of class every 15 minutes during the day as "dead", to represent the national statistic of drunk driving deaths. Neither these nor the car crash participants were allowed to return home that night, and spent the night at a retreat site in downtown Anchorage. The next morning the school held a memorial service for the students who had died the previous day. There were coffins for the crash scene deaths, and pictures of all the dead students. All the parents filed in, and there were personal testimonies given as well as guest speakers who, in real life, had been impacted by drunk drivers. Afterwards, the students were allowed to reunite with their parents and the simulation ended.