2008
"Safe Homecoming" event highlights dangers of drinking and driving

"Safe Homecoming" event highlights dangers of drinking and driving
October 6, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

The Benedictine University Police Department is sponsoring a “Safe Homecoming” event at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 16. The event will focus on a mock alcohol-related traffic crash. The event will begin with an interactive presentation on responsible alcohol consumption and the devastating results of drinking and driving presented by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) and representatives of Edward Hospital in the Trophy Room of the Dan and Ada Rice Center. At 8:00 p.m., the Life Star medical transport helicopter will land and deploy to a simulated vehicle accident with injuries in the grass field east of the Rice Center. The crew will give a presentation and display the equipment used while performing its life-saving efforts and the transportation of injured persons. Members of the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Department will simulate an extraction of vehicle occupants utilizing the “Jaws of Life™” and explain their role at the scene of vehicle accidents. Area high schools and the general public are invited to participate in this real-world demonstration of life-saving procedures and to become more aware of the consequences of impaired driving. For more information, please contact Benedictine University Chief of Police Michael Salatino at (630) 829-6667.

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.