Every 15 Minutes Program

Monday, April 24, 2017

This award winning anti-drinking and driving awareness program will be conducted at Kempsville High School, Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27, 2017.  "Every 15 Minutes" is a two-day role-playing interactive program involving high school students and their parents.  Students learn the results of their decisions in dealing with teenage drinking, personal safety, and making mature decisions when lives are involved.


On Wednesday, April 26, at 7:20 a.m., 18 preselected students will be removed from class by the "Grim Reaper" followed by police officers and chaplains reading the students' obituaries which were written by their parents to the participants' classes.  At 9:30 a.m., a "mock" driving under the influence and texting crash scene will be staged on school grounds where students will view injuries and the death of a student as Police, Fire, and Rescue personnel investigate the scene.  The driver, who is suspected of DUI and texting, will go through the actual sobriety testing and arrest procedures and a funeral hearse will transport the body of a deceased student to the morgue.  The "living dead" students will go on an overnight field trip visiting a hospital trauma center, the city jail, a mock court DUI trial, have dinner and listen to a speaker, and go to their hotel rooms where they write a final letter to their parents.


On Thursday, April 27, at 9:00 a.m., students will watch a video during an assembly which will be compiled from footage of events—a mock crash, visit to the morgue and trauma center, a mock court trial, and a funeral.  Letters of sensitivity written by the parents to their child and by students to their parents about their tragic and untimely death and the effects on their lives are read.  By the end of this assembly, you will witness tears and dead silence in the auditorium from the audience.  This has been the past reaction of students, parents, and police officers that have experienced the "Every 15 Minutes" program.


This program is the result of months of coordination by members the VBPD Crime Prevention Unit, staff members, students and parents of Kempsville High School and other members of the VBPD, the VBFD, VB Emergency Medical Services, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance, Kellum-Smith and Williams Funeral Home, the Oceanfront Inn, Creeds Ruritan Club, GEICO Insurance, AAA Tidewater and several other public and private partners.


If media personnel choose to attend the events at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, they must contact Dale Gauding with Sentara Corporate Communications at 455-7118 (office) or 615-4718 (cell), E-mail dtgaudin@sentara.com.​