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‘Every 15 Minutes’ raises DUI awareness

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Lovelace Regional Hospital staff help Tiberius Arlet after a simulated drunk driving crash — part of the annual Chaves County Youth Awareness program “Every 15 Minutes” — hosted at Gateway Christian School at 1900 N. Sycamore Ave. on Tuesday morning. The educational Every 15 Minutes program is designed to prevent teen driving under the influence and reminds teens of the mortality rate when texting, drugs and alcohol are combined with driving. When asked about participating, Arlet, 19, said it was “really awful” and a “good life lesson.” Alberto Vargas (not pictured), director of the emergency department at Lovelace Regional Hospital, explained the process of receiving a student who is a casualty from the simulated wreck and doing everything possible to save their life. Vargas said Every 15 Minutes is a good program because it educates students to make better choices, and said his own daughter, Sophia Vargas, 17, is also participating this year. (Alison Penn Photo)