"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

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.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.