(Henderson, NV) — The juniors and seniors at Liberty High School are learning firsthand about the dangers of drinking and driving.
The students are taking part in a simulated event designed to personalize the grim cost of one of America’s biggest killers.
“The Every 15 Minutes program lets the students participate in an experience that shows them what can happen when someone gets behind the wheel of a car after drinking,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said. “We want to work with the students and help them see the potential harm that poor choices can have on someone’s life.”
Henderson Police Dept, Henderson Fire Dept., along with the Clark County School District hope the unique experience with the students will illustrate the consequences bad decisions can have on the lives of the students and their families.
Every 15 minutes, a driver, passenger, or an innocent bystander dies from an alcohol-related car crash. Every weekend, a teenager dies in a car crash and half of those accidents involve alcohol.
One student “died” in the accident at the scene of the crash. One student was airlifted to a hospital with major injuries. The police administered a teenage driver a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI.