The Every 15 Minutes program helps educate teens about the risks of drinking and driving through real-world experience. Students are exposed to the deadly consequences of drunk driving through a crash scenario set up at their school with a crashed car, victims, rescue workers, police and an emergency helicopter as part of the demonstration.
The shocker? Student participants are also taken to an actual emergency room and morgue to watch as the mock victims are pronounced dead. The program also includes a Grim Reaper exercise where students are removed from classrooms leading up to the collision demonstration. All participating teens are then taken to a retreat where they can talk about the event and learn how to avoid this scenario in their lives.
For more information about the Every 15 Minutes program visit the website.
The number of alcohol-related traffic crashes was decreasing for a number of years, but has slowly begun to plateau. Friends Drive Sober works to strengthened efforts to reverse this trend and once again see these numbers decline.
The website has facts on alcohol-related driving and programs and iPhone apps to help teens see just how important the issue is to the safety of their community.
Texas' Shattered Dreams campaign to educate students about the dangers of drinking and driving employs Death himself to get the point across.
"Traffic crashes, many of which involve alcohol and other drugs, are a leading cause of death and serious injury for youth 15 to 19 years of age," explains their website. "Communities around the state are often faced with these tragedies, and many Texas high schools are turning to Shattered Dreams, a youth-led community collaborative program, to prevent more fatalities."
To symbolize the high rate of drunk driving fatalities, the Grim Reaper wanders from class to class, plucking out students to represent the thousands who have died at the hands of impaired drivers.
For information on the Shattered Dreams program visit the website.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) is a student-directed organization designed to encourage students to remain drug/alcohol free, to promote positive decision making, and to support students in these choices. This is done through education, peer support, and parental/adult commitment.
The Students Against Destructive Decisions programs commemorate people killed by drunk drivers by ringing the school bell twice each hour. Other ideas from the group include staging a fake crime scene, or creating a mock morgue.
To learn more from SADD, go to the website.
"It's all about making responsible choices -- on prom night or any other night for that matter. And it's about acknowledging the right choice because smart decisions aren't always the easiest, or even the most obvious," says the BuzzFree Prom site.
"Prom night is big. It's expensive. And when alcohol and other drugs enter the picture, it can be dangerous -- even deadly. In fact, nearly half (46 percent) of all fatal car crashes on typical prom weekends in 2004 involved alcohol. (NHTSA, 2005)." Worried about maxing out your credit card to pay for your prom? BuzzFree Prom encourages an alcohol-free prom experience by offering discounts on everything from tuxedos to limos for students who decide to stay alcohol-free on the big night.
Visit the BuzzFree Prom website for information on how to get involved.
The mission of MADD is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.
MADD began 25 years ago and has become a leading non-profit organizations in the U.S. for the prevention and awareness of impaired driving. The organization has many programs devoted to education teens, parents and other community members about the dangers of drunk driving and underage drinking.
Visit MADD.org for more information.