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Every 15 Minutes program comes to Elmira High School

Deadly crashes involving impaired or distracted driving happen every 15 minutes across the country, according to the Lane County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Oct 22, 2019 6:04 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2019 5:03 AM

ELMIRA, Ore. -- Students at Elmira High School got a first-hand look at the aftermath of the deadly crash caused by drunk driving, but it was all a simulation.

Covered in fake blood, volunteer students along with first responders staged a head-on car crash in front font of the school on Tuesday.

It was all part of the Lane County Sheriff's Office Every 15 Minutes program. The sheriff's office said deadly crashes involving impaired or distracted driving happen every 15 minutes across the country.

In this scenario, one person was killed in the crash, another had to be taken away in air ambulance and others had to extracted by first responders.

Elmira High School junior Benson Kilmer took part in the demonstration.

"You see kids today, and you see a lot of them giggling and smiling, but I hope they see this crash, and it's not a joke. Everyday lives can be affected by this," said Kilmer.

Along with witnessing the mock crash, students are taking part in a number of activities and hearing from a number of speakers over the two-day program.

Oregon State Police, and the Lane Fire Authority and a number of other organizations helped make the program possible.

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