The “Every 15 Minutes” is a powerful program that offers real-life experience without the real-life risks. This emotionally charged program is an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potential dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and driving under the influence. This program will challenge students to think about drinking, personal safety, and responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.
This year we held our “Every 15 Minute” program at Carter High School and involved the ASB staff and students. It was a great success which also involved parents, members of the Rialto Police Department, Rialto Fire Department, Mercy Air Ambulance, City of Rialto KRTO film crew, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, San Bernardino Coroner’s office, and the help of the Fontana Superior Court and Judge.
A traffic accident was re-created with ASB students as role players. Members of the Rialto Police Department’s traffic division along with Fire personnel responded to assist with medical aid and to investigate an alcohol related traffic accident, which involved injuries to the drivers and passengers. One of the students was rushed to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, while others were treated at the scene. As a result of the collision there were two fatalities, one pronounced at the scene and the other pronounced at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center's Trauma Unit. The student driver responsible for the accident was placed in handcuffs and eventually booked and later transported to the Fontana Superior Court, along with all of the ASB students, where he was sentenced for driving under the influence and causing injuries and death. The Superior Court Judge spoke to all of the students about the consequences of drinking and then driving.