In the United States that’s the measure of time for someone to die in an alcohol-related traffic collision. It’s a message the California Highway Patrol sends to students and parents through its Every 15 Minutes program each year.

On May 21, Big Bear High School juniors and seniors witnessed first-hand what can happen when driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The first day of a two-day program featured a staged traffic collision on Maple Lane in front of the high school. Student actors performed as the victims of the collision. Real-life CHP and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officers, and emergency personnel from the Big Bear Fire Department arrived on scene.

Big Bear Towing provided and set up the vehicles. The Big Bear City Community Services District provided large vehicles to block the scene from view until the assembly began.

Ron Perkins, ASB director at the high school, said it was easy to find student volunteers to participate in the production. “We originally scheduled this to take place prior to prom, but we had AP testing that week,” Perkins said. So, they chose to create a graduation scenario where one vehicle crashed into another, each carrying four high school students.

Seniors Hunter Natzic and Hunter Duran, who produced a video of the last Every 15 Minutes assembly in 2017, are producing another video for 2019. The 2017 video is available on YouTube. Since it was first uploaded in 2017, the video has more than 2 million views.

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