The Every 15 Minutes program originated in Canada and came to the United States in the 90s when Chico, California, police instituted the program. The name is derived from the fact that every 15 minutes someone was killed as a result of a drunk-driving accident.
The program is usually held at a high school, where the “Grim Reaper” calls out randomly chosen students who are then removed from class. One student is removed every 15 minutes, according to a description of the program on the Every 15 Minutes website. A police officer then enters the classroom to read an obituary that is said to have been written by the deceased students parents. The program consists of a number of other events, including a mock car accident staged on school grounds, as well as a speaker who tells the story of the actual death of his or her child because of a DUI-related accident, texting while driving, or other type of cause.
The Every 15 Minutes program, which has undoubtedly raised awareness of the issue of drunk driving, and other programs seeking to curb drunk driving, must have had some measure of impact.
A recent tragic car accident in Glenn that resulted in the death of three people, some of whom had just graduated from Willows High School, may cause postponement or cancellation of the event at that high school. It remains to be seen whether there was alcohol involved – there are reports that the driver who crossed the center line may have had a small amount of methamphetamine in his car.
Source: Glenn triple fatal accident may cancel ‘Every 15 Minutes’