Every 15 Minutes is a two-day program focusing on high school juniors and seniors, which challenges them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions. Along with alcohol-related crashes, it focuses on the impact that their decisions would have on family and friends.
The Every 15 Minutes program starts months in advance of the actual presentation, in fact the very first program at a school will take about one-year to plan and prepare. This includes all of the involved agencies, the hospital, court, lawyers, judge, coroner/funeral home, students, parents and school administrators. Student participants are selected to cover the full spectrum of the student body, thus, the audience will be able to relate to at least one of the participants on the crash day.
Due in large part to major grants and guidance by the Highway Patrol, the program has made its way to even more students’ hometowns. The Every 15 Minutes program has always been over two-days, day one being the crash, and day two as the assembly. The assembly features speakers ranging from the Sheriff, student participants and their parents to motivational speakers, relatives who have lost loved ones in drink-driving crashes (there are no drink-driving “accidents”), medical personnel, lawyers and law enforcement officials.
The 2014 San Juan County Every 15 Minute Program was held at Rocinante High School in Farmington, NM.