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, and many others.
The program’s name was derived from the fact that in the early 1990’s, every fifteen minutes someone in the United States died in an alcohol-related traffic collision. Alcohol related traffic collisions are a major social, health, and economic problem. California reported 1,597 persons killed and 31,099 injured in alcohol-related vehicle collisions in 2006. Teen drivers are responsible for a high disproportionate number of these collisions, injuries, and deaths.
Every 15 Minutes brings together a broad coalition of interested agencies with the goal of reducing alcohol-related incidents among youth. The partnering of CHP, local law enforcement, local hospitals, emergency medical responders, schools, businesses, and service clubs validates the importance of working together to ensure a healthy community.