SARASOTA, Fla. -- May 18, 2017 -- 9 a.m.
Today, Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1 p.m., Booker High School students will witness first-hand the dangers of drinking and driving. It’s part of a program known as “Every 15 Minutes,” a reconstructed crash as a result of driving under the influence (DUI). The program is based on the 1980’s statistic that every 15 minutes someone was killed in an alcohol-related incident.
A reconstructed DUI crash scene will be set outside Booker High School, 3201 Orange Avenue, Sarasota. Two mangled vehicles will be brought to the front of school. Students, who will be playing the role of the “victims,” will be taken out of class by a grim reaper and will then be positioned inside the vehicles as part of the reconstruction. Sarasota Police Officers and Sarasota County Fire and EMS will respond and work together to “rescue” the “victims.” A hearse from Toale Brothers will also arrive on scene to transport a “victim” who is “killed” in the crash.
Booker High School’s prom is being held on Saturday. The goal of the program is to encourage students to think about safety when alcohol is involved with driving and how choices can have a lasting effect and impact on friends and family. In 2015, according to the Florida Department Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, alcohol was suspected in 16,400 crashes in the State of Florida. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one in three traffic deaths in the United States involve a drunk driver.
Tomorrow, Friday, May 19, 2018 at 8 a.m., an assembly will be held at the Booker High School gymnasium to share the outcome of the “crash” with the entire student body. A video presentation highlighting the crash, arrest, hospital transport, funeral arraignments will be shown and several people will speak with students about the consequences of drinking and driving. The video presentation will be shared with students throughout Sarasota County before the end of the school year.
Media is invited and welcome to today’s event and Friday’s event