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Every 15 Minutes Program Helps Slow Down Number Of Alcohol Related Deaths

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Friday, Kennewick Police taught Kamiakin High School students about the consequences of drinking and driving.

Students participated in the "Every 15 Minutes" program. When officers started doing this over 10 years ago, one person died every 15 minutes in an alcohol related crash. Now it's slowed down to one death every 32 minutes.

Volunteer students are pulled out of class and dressed up as dead.

Officers said programs like this work because they teach students - Don't drink and drive.

"Once you start drinking even if it's a little bit, it's going to affect your judgement. So if you think about it before you take that 1st drink, and plan ahead, that's when you don't have problems," said Sgt. Brian Swartswalter, Kennewick Police Department.

Benton County Sheriff's Deputies, firefighters, state troopers, and student volunteers also participated.

Officers plan to teach students at Southridge, and Kennewick High schools later in the year.

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