Monte Vista Students Learn the Dangers of Drinking & Driving & Texting & Driving

Monte Vista high school students learned firsthand why it is dangerous to drink and drive and why it is equally dangerous to text while driving. On April 7 and 8, the program “Every 15 Minutes” demonstrated to students the perils of poor decision making while behind the wheel.

“Every 15 Minutes” is an impactful program that drives home the fact that every 15 minutes in the U.S., a person suffers serious or fatal injuries in an alcohol related crash. This program reveals how one poor decision can have catastrophic results that affect not just the driver, but other people’s lives.

Large groups of volunteers taught students the dangers of drinking and also texting while driving. Taking attention away from operating the vehicle can be just as deadly as the impaired reflexes and slowed thinking of intoxicated drivers or those high on drugs. Focus cannot be given to a cell phone when it should be on the road and on surrounding motorists and pedestrians.  Lives are at stake.

The program “Every 15 Minutes” was coordinated with parent volunteers, local police, paramedics, clergy, hospital staff, and more. This was an emotional but necessary learning environment for students who will be driving and influencing the behavior of their friends. The intensity of the program showed real-life situations and real-life consequences.

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