NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) Car crashes, bleeding victims, and the grim reaper - just some of the dramatic and emotional scenarios that are portrayed as part of a special program called "Every 15 Minutes."
The Niagara Falls Police Athletic League has been sponsoring the program for the past 11 years.
Its goal is to shock students with the realities of drunk and distracted diving and the consequences associated with it.
During the class day, the grim reaper wanders the school taking volunteer victims from classrooms.
The students are then made up with ghost-like makeup and return to the classroom but with strict orders to not talk.
At the end of the day, a simulated car crash with several deceased victims is conducted outside the school.
This year, the program is having a greater impact because many of the students at Niagara Falls High School knew the victims of a weekend car crash that killed 19-year old Jasmin Dubuc, left 18-year old Taylor Clause in critical condition, and hurt a third passenger, 18-year old Jasmine Rickard.
Police say the 2009 Mazda driven by Taylor Clause failed to negotiate a curve on Walmore Road in Lewiston before hitting a power pole and rolling several times.
The accident happened at 5:53am on Sunday May 19th.
All three occupants of the car were not wearing seat belts.
New York State Police are now waiting on toxicology tests and plan to subpoena cell phone records to determine if alcohol or distracted driving contributed to the crash