The "Every 15 Minutes" program returned Tuesday morning to Lompoc High School, where many of the school's junior and senior students got an up-close look at the damage that can result from drinking and driving.
The program, which is based on a 1990s statistic that suggests that someone in the U.S. is killed every 15 minutes due to drunken driving, kicked off with a mock crash scene at Huyck Stadium. Student actors portrayed the parties involved in the crash. One was proclaimed dead at the scene, another was airlifted for medical treatment and the driver in the scenario was put through a field sobriety test in front of his classmates and ultimately arrested.
The activities were set to continue through the night, as the students and their families dealt with the fallout of the mock incident. It is slated to wrap up Wednesday morning with an on-campus assembly at which the participating students, parents and other community members are scheduled to talk about their experiences.
The "Every 15 Minutes" program, which is coordinated by the California Highway Patrol, among other agencies, encourages students to be mindful of the consequences of drinking, driving, doing drugs, their personal safety, the responsibility of making mature decisions and the impact their decisions have on family, friends and others.