Alcohol and Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is 100% preventable and claims the lives of approximately 36 people per day in America. This means that one person dies unnecessarily every 40 minutes in a car crash involving someone with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher.

Every 15 Minutes Program
Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) is very involved in the education and prevention of alcohol related accidents. AVH has partnered with the local schools to help with students’ senior projects called "Every15 minutes”.

The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks for high school students. This emotionally charged program, entitled Every 15 Minutes, is an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol. This powerful program will challenge students to think about drinking, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved. AVH provides the “real life” trauma situation for the students, parents and other participants.

According to the Every15 Minutes program, school-based alcohol prevention programs are essential in helping to reduce and eliminate alcohol use among adolescents. The Every 15 Minutes program is a first-generation model of school-based alcohol prevention that incorporates simulated alcohol-related consequences with various community elements.

Elemental to effective school-based alcohol prevention programs are integrated community wide initiatives to raise awareness of the consequences of underage alcohol use and to deter access through a combination of countermeasures including legal, enforcement, medical, media, and political entities. The Every 15 Minutes Program is a model of both school and community-based alcohol prevention that incorporates simulated alcohol-related consequences with community elements that include students, parents, educators, school administrators, health systems and law enforcement personnel.

For more information about this program, visit www.every15minutes.com

Other Links:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - www.nhtsa.dot.gov
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - www.iihs.org