The dangers of drunk driving, and drugged driving, were played out in front of more than 4-hundred Escanaba High School juniors and seniors Wednesday afternoon as the Menominee-Delta Public Health Department put on its “Every 15 Minutes” program. It’s the first time that this has been done in Delta County.
The day started with the Grim Reaper unexpectedly pulling students from class Wednesday morning to serve as “statistics” of people who die every day from alcohol-related crashes.
Then, the student body was told to gather outside and literally watch the aftermath of a drunk-driving accident involving several of their classmates.
All of the local police and rescue organizations were involved, as were the coroner and funeral home, as the body of one student was taken away and another was removed from a wrecked vehicle with the jaws of life.
“We do this to save lives,” program coordinator Erin Viau told RRN News. “That’s the bottom line. We know that the program is impactful, and it does save lives, and kids make better choices because of it.”
“Maybe we had kids in the audience that have already done it,” Michigan State Police Community Service Trooper Dale Hongisto told RRN News. “We don’t know that. But any life that we can save, or any severe injury that we can save in the future, that’d be awesome.”
The program continues Thursday morning with a guest speaker at a student assembly.
Click below to see video of the re-enactment.