Parents, students feel impact of ‘15 Minutes’ – Benicia Herald

April 10, 2014 by Donna Beth Weilenman

Two-day program gets graphic, emotional in effort to keep students from drunken driving.

Elaine DiStephano summed up the emotions she and others felt over their two days’ participation in “Every 15 Minutes,” a program designed to urge Benicia and Liberty high school students to avoid drinking or using drugs and driving.

“You think you can be prepared,” DiStephano said. “Even though it’s fiction.”

But she quickly realized the emotional toll of the simulated death of her son, Antonio, a Benicia High student.

The night before she spoke to an assembly of students, she said, “I woke up every two hours.” She had trouble waiting to see Antonio at school Wednesday.

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