Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office Participates in “Every 15 Minutes” Program

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey L. Bryant addressed students at the Virginia Beach Police Department’s “Every 15 Minutes” anti-drinking and driving program held at Ocean Lakes High School Wednesday and Thursday, April 27th and 28th.


"Every 15 Minutes" is a two-day role-playing interactive program involving high school junior and senior students and their parents. The program's name is derived from the fact that every fifteen minutes in the United States at least one person is killed as a result of an alcohol related crash or incident. “Every 15 Minutes” challenges students to think about drinking, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions. This anti-drinking and driving awareness program is designed to develop within the student an understanding that the decisions they make not only affect themselves, but the entire community. Over the course of two days, the participants attended a mock accident scene, trauma unit, morgue, Virginia Beach Correctional Center and Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, where the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office personnel performed a mock trial.


Bryant spoke to the students about the legal consequences of drinking and driving and urged them to make wise decisions. He emphasized that the law allows for juveniles age 14 and above to be treated as adults in DUI manslaughter cases. “This is one of the most effective deterrents to underage drinking and driving I’ve seen. My office is proud to be a part of anti-drinking and driving programs such as ‘Every 15 Minutes’,” Bryant said.


The “Every 15 Minutes” program is the result of months of coordinated effort by the VBPD Crime Prevention Unit involving the Police and Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Services, Virginia Beach Public Schools, Virginia Beach Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, Kellum-Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Virginians Opposing Drunk Driving, and Geico Insurance.


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