Community: APD works to educate teens on dangers of impaired driving with “Every 15 Minutes”


April 12, 2016


The following news release is shared on behalf of the Anchorage Police Department regarding the special event taking place at Service High School this week.



Anchorage Police Department
4501 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507


It’s one of the most difficult scenes for officers to respond to – a DUI fatality – especially when it involves the youth of our community.


This crime is devastating, horrific and is also 100% preventable.


This week students at Service High school will participate in an engaging and powerful program called, “Every 15 Minutes.” The goal of the program is to provide students with an illustration of the devastating impacts of impaired driving.


On the morning of April 13, 2016 the Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage Fire Department will respond to a dramatized motor vehicle accident in the Service High parking lot.  Students who are acting as “patients” will be extricated and transported to Providence Alaska Medical Center’s Emergency Department, a Level II Trauma Center. Once at the facility, staff will continue the dramatization by taking transfer of the patients and continuing to treat them as in a real life situation. Concurrently, the “intoxicated” driver, also an acting student, will be taken in to custody by law enforcement, go through jail booking, and a mock DUI hearing and sentencing with the State of Alaska Court system.  Mock parent notification will be made for the students who die as a result of the mock crash.


The following day on April 14, 2016 students will come together during an assembly for a mock funeral service for the students who died as a result of the mock impaired driving crash. The assembly will include guest speaker, Dayna Durr, who lost her daughter Jordyn Durr to a drunk driver in August of 2013. Jordyn would have been a senior at Service High School this year.


This important program involves many agencies and organizations within our community including the Anchorage Police Department, School Resource Officers, the Anchorage Fire Department, Safe Kids Alaska, Providence Alaska Medical Center, the State Medical Examiners Office and the Anchorage School District.


We would encourage all parents to talk with their teens about the dangers of impaired driving. We appreciate your help in making our community safer.


APD would like to thank the following sponsors of “Every 15 Minutes”:

Providence Alaska Medical Center, Carlile Transportation – Safety Driven, Alaska Serigraphics, Service High School PTSA, APDEA,  Anchorage Firefighters Union – Local 1264, Creative Lighting and Sound, Umialik Insurance Company, Alaska Army National Guard, Steam Dot Coffee, LaTouche Pediatrics, Q’doba, TBA Theatre, Inc,  United Rentals, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Aurora Towing, Warning Lites of Alaska, Janssen Funeral Homes, Hillside Baptist Church, and Bagoy’s Florist.


For full details, view this message on the web.

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