By Marc Esquivel Posted April 18, 2012
“Dear Mom and Dad: Every 15 minutes, someone dies as the result of an alcohol-related collision. Today I died and never got the chance to tell you…”
This is what you see when you first visit the National Every 15 Minutes Organization website. Every 15 Minutes is a program that visits high schools across the nation demonstrating the dangers and ultimate price for drunk driving. In the near future, Lowry will be heavily impacted by the demonstrations and events that will take place during this Every 15 Minutes program.
The events that take place during the program are as followed: Several students will be pulled out of class and a police officer will come into the class and read an obituary written by the parents of the each “dead” student. The student will then return to class dressed in all white as the “living dead”, other students won’t be able to interact with the “dead student for the remainder of the day to simulate having to deal with the loss of that student.
The purpose of this program is to inform students, teachers, and parents alike on the unnecessary dangers of driving under the influence.
Then there will be a simulated alcohol-related car accident complete with police officers and paramedics to show the true devastation of a fatal drunk driving accident. The program will conclude with all students writing a letter to their parents starting with: “Dear Mom and Dad, every fifteen minutes someone in the United States dies from an alcohol-related traffic collision, and today I died. I never had the chance to tell you…”