San Jose Area Office

Every 15 Minutes

The Every 15 Minutes program is a two-day program focusing on high school juniors and seniors, which challenges them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, the responsibility of making mature decisions and the impact their decisions have on family, friends, and many others.

Goals & Objectives
The program brings together a broad coalition of interested local agencies with the goal of reducing alcohol-related incidents among youth. The partnering of the California Highway Patrol, emergency medical responders, local law enforcement, schools, businesses, and service clubs validates the importance of working together to ensure a healthy community.

The two-day Every 15 Minutes program is very dramatic and emotional-and purposely so. Teenagers are constantly reminded about the choices they have to make involving alcohol and how many others are affected by their decisions. They know the intellectual statistics. However, many teens share the belief it will never happen to them.

Results & Impact
This powerful program is designed to create awareness among students that they are not invincible. This program helps open the emotional doors, and it addresses a problem most teens do not know exist. They experience first hand how their actions affect their lives of so many other people.

Funding
With funding available from the California Office of Traffic Safety, the California Highway Patrol provides mini-grants to agencies and organizations implementing the program. Experienced California Highway Patrol personnel are available to provide technical assistance in planning and implementing your program.

Contact Information
For further information concerning the Every 15 Minutes program or to apply for a grant, please contact the California Highway Patrol San Jose office:

Public Information Officer
2020 Junction Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131
(408) 467-5400

Click on an image for a larger view of clips from a demonstration at Leland High School