Many of life’s lessons are best learned through experience. However, when the subject is drinking and driving, experience is the teacher you don’t want to meet. The Every 15 Minutes Program offers teens a realistic, virtual DUI experience without reality’s dangers. It’s a powerful program that challenges students to consider drinking while driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of decision-making when lives are in the balance.

The Every 15 Minutes program was launched in 1995 and has been conducted in high schools across the country. It’s a two-day “assembly” event usually held before spring break or the school prom. The name “Every 15 Minutes” refers to how often someone died in the U.S. in an alcohol-related traffic crash when the program was founded. Almost 20 years ago, the Chico, California Police Department was the first agency anywhere to offer the presentation to schools.

At a recent Every 15 Minutes event at Half Moon Bay High School, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commander Mike Maskarich said the effectiveness of Every 15 Minutes and other traffic safety programs is measured by a drop in the mileage death rate, the number of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. The 2011 mileage death rate, the most recent available from the CHP, was 0.87, down from 1.18 in 2007.

In southern California, if your teenager is charged with DUI – despite your best efforts and programs like Every 15 Minutes – get legal help at once from an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney. Blood and breath tests can be discredited and prosecution witnesses can be challenged. An experienced California DUI defense attorney will provide the counsel and representation you need and will fight for the best possible resolution of the case. Nothing is more important than your children and their future. If your child is charged in southern California with DUI, now or in the future, contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney as quickly as possible.