Every 15 Minutes at West Covina High School

Apr 19

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Every 15 Minutes at West Covina High School

Plaza West Covina Sponsors Every 15 Minutes at West Covina High School Partnership Reduces Teen Drinking and Driving

Plaza West Covina is pleased to continue its partnership with the Every 15 Minutes program this year. The program challenges high school juniors and seniors to think about drinking and driving, personal safety, and the impact of their decisions on family, friends and their communities. The two-day program will be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 19 and 20, from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m., at West Covina High School. Developed by the Chico Police Department in 1995, the program derives its name from the fact that in the early 1990s, every 15 minutes someone in the United States died in an alcohol-related traffic collision.

“Plaza West Covina has long partnered with local organizations to improve the lives of people in our community,” said Plaza West Covina General Manager Allison Mack. “Reducing teen drinking and driving, especially during prom week, is critical to the health and safety of our juniors and seniors—as well as the family members and friends who love them. We’re proud to be a part of Every 15 Minutes.”

The two-day program includes role playing, a team-building retreat and a school assembly, as well as a simulated crash, paramedic responses, a drunk-driving arrest and a funeral. The dramatic and emotional program reminds teenagers of the choices they make involving alcohol and how others are affected by their decisions. While the Every 15 Minutes program targets high school students, it benefits the entire community. The program not only saves lives, it also saves emergency services money that would be spent responding to alcohol-related incidents.

The Every 15 Minutes program brings together a broad coalition of interested local agencies and the mall with the goal of reducing alcohol-related incidents among youth. The partnering of Plaza West Covina, 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. Prior to the event, approximately 25 students are selected to participate.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 10:00am to Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 10:00am

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