Drinking and Driving Awareness Day Featuring Mock Accident

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Press Release

Wednesday, April 2, 2003 (Rain date: Tuesday, April 8, 2003)

Data from the National Highway Traffic Administration and the Centers for Disease Control indicate that over one million people were injured in alcohol-related automobile accidents in 1997. Three out of ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related automobile crash in their lifetime. Alcohol-related car accidents are the number one killer for those under 25 years of age. One of the most astounding statistics is that every fifteen minutes someone in the U.S. dies as a result of an alcohol-related automobile crash.

The Mount Holyoke College Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) and the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Committee are joining with South Hadley High School in co-sponsoring a national program entitled “Every Fifteen Minutes”. This program promotes awareness of the consequences of drinking and driving.

A series of events and activities will be part of this program. These include the following:

  • 10:00am – 5:00pm “Information Table”
    (Wilder Basement) Materials and information to prevent drinking and
    driving. MHC Public Safety will present a “Vision Goggle”
    demonstration that simulates driving under the influence.

  • 12:15pm – 1:00pm “What Happens in an Alcohol-Related Accident”
    (Skinner Green) Mock Accident and Information Table

  • 7:00pm – 8:00pm “Facts Everyone Should Know About Drinking and Driving”
    (Room 101, Dwight) Panel Presentation

  • 8:00pm – 8:30pm “The Impact of Drinking and Driving”
    (Abbey Chapel) A candlelight vigil and memorial service in honor of those affected by alcohol-related accidents.


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