Every 15 Minutes

The EAST Community Leadership class at Eureka High School, in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Eureka Police Department (EPD) and the Office of Traffic Safety, took a proactive step in educating our high school students about making mature decisions when alcoholic beverages are involved. On April 7 and 8, the EAST class, in cooperation with city, county, and state agencies, staged the program called Every 15 Minutes at Eureka High School.

Every 15 Minutes is a two-day program involving high school students which encourage them to think about personal safety when alcohol/drugs are involved. The program challenges the involved participants to make appropriate decisions and recognize that their actions affect others.

Day 1 of this two-day event involved a collision simulation in which first responders and student actors staged a DUI collision that the Eureka High School student body observed. Day 2 included a school-wide assembly showing how the "aftermath" of such a collision affects friends and family members for the rest of their lives. The students involved in the realistic crash spoke about their emotional experiences and their tours of the Humboldt County morgue and jail. Parents of the students "killed" in the crash also spoke about their realistic feelings of loss, sorrow and anger.