Every 30 minutes
The Every 30 Minutes program is a two-day alcohol awareness event held annually at the local high schools before prom and graduation. The program is a joint effort between the James City County Police and Fire Departments, the Williamsburg/James City County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, and the Williamsburg/James City County Schools.
The program is based on the statistic that Every 30 Minutes, someone is killed in an alcohol-related crash. The program begins with the Grim Reaper removing student participants from class every 30 minutes to represent these fatalities. 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. At the end of the day, participating students are transported to a prearranged location for an overnight student retreat. The retreat is meant to simulate the separation from friends and family. The program culminates the following day with a school assembly where students and parents share their experiences during the program.
The event is funded by donations and support from local businesses. For more information about the Every 30 Minutes program or to find out how you can get involved, please contact Lt. Jeremy Barnett at 757-259-5153.