SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Alcohol-related crashes are the leading cause of death among teens, killing someone in the United States every 15 minutes.
That’s why the Lane County Sheriff’s Office will host its Every 15 Minutes program, using a mock car crash to show students at area schools how dangerous it is to drink and drive.
New this year, students will watch a video showing what happens after a crash. It was filmed Monday at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, with the help of paramedics, hospital staff, and a student volunteer.
“That’s what we really wanted them to see, it’s a scary situation and there’s a lot happening and your body will respond to that. Really hoping that it provides the message it’s supposed to,” said Jessica Ellingson, Injury Prevention & EMS Coordinator.
Local law enforcement agencies will also focus on the dangers of distracted driving. The two-day prevention program kicks off Tuesday at Churchill High School.