Every 15 Minute Activity

DATE/TIME OF Activity:  March 13, 2018 / 2:15-3:00 PM – Mock Crash &

March 14th, 2018 / 10:30AM-12:00 PM – Student and Community Assembly

NATURE OF STORY: Lane County Sheriff’s Office to host Every 15 Minutes program at CHS

Details of Activity: Every 15 Minutes someone in the United States is killed as the result of an alcohol or distracted driving related crash. In fact, alcohol-related collisions are the leading cause of death among teenage youth. This year on March 13th and 14th, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Oregon State Police Department, and South Lane Fire & Rescue, is taking a proactive step in educating local high school students about making mature decisions when alcoholic beverages are involved. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with numerous volunteers, will host a program called Every 15 Minutes at Creswell High School.

Every 15 Minutes is a two-day underage drinking and driving prevention program which challenges teens to think before drinking and operating any type of motor vehicle, riding in one after the operator has been drinking, or engaging in activities that cause them to become distracted such as cell phone usage. It also focuses on the impact those decisions have on family, friends, and the people you leave behind when someone is killed as a result of an alcohol or distracted driving related crash.

Times of community involvement and attendance:

Tuesday March 13: Mock car crash at Creswell High School at 33390 Niblock Ln, Creswell in the west parking lot. This staged car crash will involve student occupants with a DUII driver, someone who is killed, and several injured subjects. Police, fire, and Life Flight will respond and work this crash as they would any real crash. The crash will begin promptly at 2:15 p.m. and end at approximately 3:00 p.m. (We request you arrive at the crash scene no later than 1:45 p.m. if possible to set up and as to not interfere with responding emergency personnel as the crash scene is in an area which can easily become congested.)

 The crash scene IS NOT open to the public, although media will be allowed for coverage and photo opportunities. Please do not disseminate crash location and time in any media releases.

 Wednesday November 14: Community assembly located in the gymnasium at Creswell High School. Lane County Sheriff Chief Deputy Cliff Harrold will be narrating the assembly which will include speakers who have lost loved ones to drinking and driving crashes. Involved students and parents will also speak about their experience with this program. The assembly will begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at approximately noon.

This assembly is open to the public and may be announced in media releases.

Further questions regarding the event can be directed to Sergeant Scott Denham 541-682-4150 x9569 or CHS Principal Adam Watkins 541-895-6020.

Thank you