EUGENE, Ore. - Teenagers at a Eugene high school got a firsthand look at the dangers of drinking and driving through a two-day seminar put on by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday, hundreds of students at Churchill High listened as a father described losing his young daughter in a drunk driving crash.
Another speaker, Cate Duke, warned students that a similar tragedy can strike anyone, regardless of age.
“Just because you're young and have your whole life ahead of you, doesn't guarantee you're going to have a future,” Duke said.
The program is called Every Fifteen Minutes, which LCSO officials say is how often in the United States someone is killed by a distracted or drunk driver. Students we spoke with say what they learned will make them think twice before getting in a car.
“We think as teenagers we're invincible, but we're not. It can easily happen to us," said student Josh Higashi.
The students also watched a simulated drunk driving crash, with classmates acting in the roles of the victims.