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Every 15 Minutes


What is "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, local law enforcement, local hospitals, emergency medical responders, 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.

This powerful program is designed to create an 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 exists. They experience first hand how their actions affect the lives of so many other people.



With funding available from the California Office of Traffic Safety, the California Highway Patrol provides mini-grants to agencies and organizations implementing the program. Each Every 15 Minutes program MUST have an approved Short Form Contract, Std. 210, in place prior to the start of the program. Applications are accepted beginning October 1st of each year, and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until all spots are filled.


Contact Information

Experienced CHP personnel are available to work with you, your advisors, and students to provide technical assistance in planning and implementing a successful Every 15 Minutes program at your school.

For additional information regarding the Every 15 Minutes Program, or to apply for a grant for your school, please contact your local CHP Public Information Officer.


Forms and Procedural Manual

The following documents have been provided to assist you in implementing your Every 15 Minutes Program. The Procedural Manual will take you step-by-step through the planning phases and shall be read prior to beginning the planning of the program. The sample documents have been taken directly from the manual and provided here so that no re-creation is required and can be used as is by just entering your school's specific details.

Downloadable Logos, Sound Effects

Every coordinator shall use the standard Every 15 Minutes heartbeat logo, as well as the logos for the California Highway Patrol and California Office of Traffic Safety, on items developed for this program. This is very important for statewide program identity. The style or color of the heartbeat logo may not be changed or altered in any way without the expressed written consent of the California Highway Patrol.

Photos and Videos

Every 15 Minutes is designed to have an emotional impact and alter the thinking of both teenagers and parents. Take a moment to view videos and pictures of previous events:



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