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St. Paul hosts Every 15 Minutes Program


Santa Fe Springs, CA.- In conjunction with the City of Santa Fe Springs, Whittier Police Department and SFS Fire Department, St. Paul High School is proud to be able to demonstrate the dangers of drunk driving by participating in the Every 15 Minutes program on Wednesday, May 18 at Noon.

The Every 15 Minutes program is a two-day program focusing on high school juniors and seniors, which challenges them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, the responsibility of making mature decisions and the impact their decisions have on family, friends, their community, and many others.

"Every 15 Minutes was such an emotional and eye-opening experience. They did a great job in capturing all the aspects of the tragedy." said Senior Camille Orozco, "I hope that everyone takes this as a serious lesson to be learned. All actions have consequences."

Funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, the California Highway Patrol provides mini- grants to schools and organizations wanting to implement the Every 15 Minutes program.

A simulated traffic collision will be take place in front of St. Paul High School on Greenleaf Ave., right before Reis St. in Santa Fe Springs, CA at Noon. It is a dramatic scene in which four students reenact a 2-car drunk driving crash where fire-fighters, police departments and paramedics respond to the scene to tend to the victims. Juniors and seniors will experience first-hand, the sensations of being involved in a tragic, alcohol-related and collision.  

The coroner will handle fatalities on the scene, while the injured students will be extricated by the jaws-of-life manned by Fire-Fighters and Paramedics. Police Officers will investigate, arrest, and book the student “drunk driver”. Student participants experience the hospital emergency room, and police department jail for the purpose of being booked.

“The impact and power of the Every 15 Minutes program hits hard for everyone in attendance and we are grateful to be a part of it.” Says Principal Kate Aceves,”Every 15 Minutes if a great program to spread the danger of drunk driving and texting while driving that will impact our students, parents, faculty and staff.”

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