Fayetteville (WSYR-TV) -- A unique program that aims to keep kids safe during prom season and beyond is unfolding at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.
It’s a two day program called “Every 15 Minutes.
” The program reminds students that a person is killed every 15 minutes in a drunken driving crash.
On Thursday, F-M students were asked to contemplate possibly the worst moment of a person’s life – the end result of a decision to drink and drive.
“We hope to prevent this from happening in our district, or anywhere in the country,” said Chris Halliday, with the Manlius Fire Department.
Halliday helped organize the program, which is modeled after the national “Every 15 Minutes” program.
The Every 15 Minutes program is not only taking place at F-M, it’s also taking place at the Manlius Police Department, even Village Court, where many of these cases end up.
But the program goes beyond that. A graphic video demonstration that the kids will watch next week shows what happens after the crash. It’s all an act, but the emotions are very real as the students are taken through the hospital, the ER and a funeral home. Parents are involved as well, especially important after a report this week indicated that the most likely place for kids to gain access to alcohol is in their own home.
The Every 15 Minutes program at F-M will continue through Friday when students meet to review the videos of Thursday’s events and then continue with weekend summits – all to hammer home the message that drinking and driving, whether during prom season or after, never mix.