The dangers of risky driving

Every 15 Minutes program held at Bloomfield High School illustrates toll of driving while drunk or texting

Farmington Daily Times

Every 15 Minutes is a national program that educates high school students about the dangers of texting and driving, as well as using drugs and alcohol while operating a vehicle. The program focuses on the frequency of fatal accidents caused by those behaviors.

Mary Manolli reacts as rescue workers extract her friends in a simulated car crash Thursday at Bloomfield High School as part of the Every 15 Minutes program. that educates high school students about the dangers of texting and driving as well as using drugs and alcohol while operating a vehicle. The program focuses on the frequency of fatal accidents caused by those behaviors.
The two-day national program was held locally at Bloomfield High School and included participants from the Bloomfield Fire Department, Bloomfield Police Department, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, San Juan County Fire Department, San Juan County Office of Emergency Management’s Local Emergency Planning Committee and the San Juan Regional Medical Center. It also involved a helicopter from AirCare. The cars where donated by Aztec Towing Inc. and Interstate Recovery and Towing. 
After a crash simulation, a law enforcement officer entered a classroom and removed a student. The officer  would inform his or her classmates that he had died due to drunk driving or texting. The student was escorted to the school office by the officer and a student dressed as the Grim Reaper. A total of 28 students were removed from class on Thursday. The students were taken to McGee Park were they participated in activities such as  writing letters to their families informing them that they had died either driving while intoxicated or texting. They also used Impairment goggles, designed to simulate drunken vision, while operating a golf cart.
The program concludes with a memorial assembly on Friday at Bloomfield High School’s Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. A casket provided by Brewer Lee and Larkin will be used during this event.

The first day of the two-day national program was held locally at Bloomfield High School today and included participants from the Bloomfield Fire Department, Bloomfield Police Department, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, San Juan County Fire Department, San Juan County Office of Emergency Management’s Local Emergency Planning Committee and the San Juan Regional Medical Center. It also involved a helicopter from AirCare. The cars where donated by Aztec Towing Inc. and Interstate Recovery and Towing.

A San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputy administers a field sobriety test to Kynndale Valdez during a simulated car crash Thursday at Bloomfield High School.

After a crash simulation, a law enforcement officer entered a classroom and removed a student. The student then would inform his or her classmates that he had died due to drunk driving or texting. The student was escorted to the school office by the officer and a student dressed as the Grim Reaper. A total of 28 students were removed from class today. The students were taken to McGee Park, where they participated in activities such as writing letters to their families informing them that they had died either driving while intoxicated or texting. They also used Impairment goggles, designed to simulate drunken vision, while operating a golf cart.

The program concludes with a memorial assembly on Friday at Bloomfield High School’s Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. A casket provided by Brewer Lee and Larkin will be used during the event.

Emergency personnel checks for vital signs on Rudy Vigil during a simulated crash Thursday at Bloomfield High School.