The Tustin Police Department staged a fatal DUI crash outside Tustin High School to teach teens the sobering reality of drinking and driving.
Members of the Orange County Fire Authority act out what their response would be like to a serious DUI crash as part of the Every 15 Minutes Program at Tustin High School.
The program is supposed to feel that way for the students involved, their families and for all 1,100 juniors and seniors who attended. The graphic and emotional display helps the Tustin PD and Tustin High School drive home the message that drinking and driving comes with real consequences.
The nationwide Every 15 Minutes program started in 1995 to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.
The program’s name came from a statistic that held true at the time: Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies or is seriously injured in an alcohol-related traffic collision.
Today, a person dies every 53 minutes in an alcohol-
related crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Still an unacceptable number, but it might mean awareness programs like this one are having an impact.
This is why police and schools stay diligent in getting the message out.
Tustin PD Officer Laurich served as one of the mentors in Tustin High School’s Every 15 Minutes Program. Laurich spoke to students not only about the dangers of drinking and driving, but also the importance of speaking up should a teen see one of their peers trying to drive after drinking.