BRIGHTON, Colo. – The scenario tragically takes place all too often.
Someone loses their life because another person drank too much and decided to drive.
Every 15 minutes a person loses their life to a drunk driver in the U.S. It’s also the name of the latest program aimed at high school kids to show them, in graphic detail, the pain and suffering of a DUI car crash.
The program, called “Every 15 Minutes,” starts off with a flash and a bang, and then lights and sirens.
Two cars crash and one of the drivers has been drinking.
“Every fifteen minutes refers to the fact every 15 minutes someone in the United States is killed in an alcohol related crash,” says John Bradley, with Brighton Police.
The demonstration is designed to show, as realistically as possible, the grim realities of reckless driving.
Student reaction at Prairie View was mixed.
“I don’t know if it’s really realistic,” said one student. “Honestly, I think the paramedics were really slow.”
Another student said, “It looks like a real car crash and there were some kids there. Everywhere.”
“I thought it was really boring,” said a third student. “I wasn’t really into it”
The scenario was one of the most elaborate “scared straight” demonstrations in the state, but was the message received?
“Kids aren’t stupid,” said Bradley. “If you talk to them and tell them the truth and treat them like they’re capable of understanding the subject, they get this stuff.”
Some kids were entertained while others were impressed. Hopefully, they all got the message.
Later in the day, the mock suspect was actually taken to the Brighton City Courthouse for a mock sentencing