'We think as teenagers we're invincible, but we're not. It can easily happen to us'

'We think as teenagers we're invincible, but we're not. It can easily happen to us'

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.