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Posted Monday, April 16th, 2018


Students from Kinnelon High School recently hosted Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury and Morris County Presiding Municipal Court Judge Andrew Wubbenhorst as participants in “Every 15 Minutes,” a two-day driving-while-intoxicated prevention program that targets high school juniors and seniors.

photo of mock accident scene in parking lot of Kinnelon High School

Kinnelon High School “drunken dring accident”

The program’s goal is to make teens mindful of the potentially, dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving, and employs realistic exercises to reinforced the idea that death can be is a very real consequence of drunk driving and distracted driving.

The Kinnelon program, held on Thursday, April 12,  included a mock-vehicle crash, a mock funeral, and a mock courtroom sentencing of a “drunk” driver. Students actively participated as both victims and the driver.

During the courtroom scene, Seabury presented a mock sentencing argument before Judge Wubbenhorst.  Attorney John Paul Velez represented the student “defendant.” The trio crafted a courtroom scene that demonstrated the potentially extreme consequences — tho themselves and others — of irresponsible behind-the-wheel behavior.

“I am pleased with this impactful program run by Kinnelon High School and its partners, Kinnelon Police and Fire departments, Kinnelon Municipal Court, Triboro First Aid Squad, and Atlantic Air One,” said Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.  “I want to thank all participants for their efforts and interest in the program.”

For more information, contact Agent Paul Merkler at [email protected], or 973-285-6215.