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James City County Police Department Partners with Nationwide Insurance to Deliver the Every 30 Minutes Programs

Date: April 23, 2008

Contact: Stephanie Williams-Ortery, Grants Administrator

Phone: (757) 259-5173


Nationwide Insurance has partnered with James City County Police Department to deliver the Every 30 Minutes programs to Lafayette High School and Warhill High School students this year.  Nationwide has been instrumental in their financial and programmatic support of this valuable program. 


The Every 30 Minutes program is a two-day alcohol awareness event held annually at the local high schools before prom and graduation primarily aimed towards Juniors and Seniors.  The program begins with the Grim Reaper calling on students every 30 minutes to represent the national statistic of someone dying in an alcohol-related crash every 30 minutes.  A mock car crash is also staged where police and fire respond as though it were a real alcohol-related crash with injuries, a fatality, and a DUI arrest.  The program culminates on day 2 with a school assembly where students and parents share their experiences during the program.


The program is a joint effort between the James City County Police and Fire Departments, the Williamsburg/James City County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Williamsburg Fire Department, and the Williamsburg/James City County Schools.  The program will be held this year at Warhill High on April 30 and May 1 and at Lafayette High on May 7 and 8.  Every 30 Minutes will be held at Jamestown High School in 2010.  Every 30 Minutes is delivered to the schools on alternate years in an effort to reach every student graduating from Williamsburg/James City County Schools.


James City County Police Department is appreciative of the support of Nationwide and other local businesses and donors who support this worthy program.




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