Every other year a nationally recognized program called “EVERY 15 MINUTES” is hosted and sponsored by Beverly Hills High School, The Rotary Club of Beverly Hills, The Vahagn Setian Charitable Foundation, The Beverly Hills Police and Fire Departments, The Beverly Hills Education Foundation and Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

Simply stated, “EVERY 15 MINUTES” someone is killed as a result of distracted driving, which may include alcohol, drugs, or texting. This year, distracted pedestrians were also incorporated into the program.

The statistics indicate that drunk driving crashes claimed over 10,000 lives in 2016, according to the NHTSA. Additionally, 28% of motor vehicle traffic fatalities are caused by alcohol-impaired driving.

The two-day program involves all students at the high school and encourages them to reflect on personal driving choices when alcohol and drugs are involved, and the catastrophic impacts of texting while driving. The program challenges the students to make mature decisions and recognize the impact of their actions, not only on themselves, but also on others.