Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Joe King, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-4299

October 13, 2006

NIU mock DUI to demonstrate dangers of drinking, driving

DeKalb, Ill. — A dramatization of the devastating effects of drunk driving will be staged at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in parking lot C2 of the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center.

The event, which is sponsored by the NIU Department of Public Safety as part of homecoming activities on campus, will feature student actors portraying victims of an accident involving drunk drivers. The event is immediately prior to “Yell Like Hell” at the Convocation Center.

The dramatization will include “victims” being extricated from vehicles and treated by the DeKalb Fire Department. Some will be flown from the scene in a Lifeline helicopter provided by OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

The event will also be a training opportunity for students in the Emergency Medical Services training program at Kishwaukee Community Hospital who are working to become emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving will have a booth at the event and will be distributing information.

Assisting the NIU Department of Public Safety with the program are: the Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity (which provides the student actors and assists with set-up and take-down), the Kishwaukee Community Hospital EMS Department (which provides theatrical blood), Lovett’s Towing of DeKalb (which provides the vehicles) and the NIU Convocation Center.

The NIU Department of Public Safety has staged the Mock DUI event as part of homecoming activities since 2003, and the department has received an award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for its work on the project.

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