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Mock DUI educates students about dangers of drunk driving

Penn State Berks Police Services and Residence Life will hold a mock DUI program titled “Reality Check” on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. on the soccer field, located off Clary Drive.

The scenario will begin with a motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles and five students. Initial reports will indicate that alcohol may be involved. There will be one victim entrapment and one victim fatality. In addition to Western Berks Ambulance and the Spring Township Fire Department, the Berks County Coroners Office will arrive to respond to the fatality, as well as Penn STAR4, the helicopter dedicated to The Reading Hospital's Trauma Center.

Five Penn State Berks resident assistants (RAs) will play the role of the victims, and additional RAs will hand out educational pamphlets to onlookers. Penn State Police Services student patrol and campus counselors will provide additional assistance.

Following the program, a reception will be held in Ivy Lounge in the Woods Residence Center for participants.

“We chose National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week to stage this educational event for our students,” explained Penn State Berks Police Chief Kevin Rudy.

“Our goal, through this riveting program and training opportunity, is to remind our students of the reality and consequences of their decisions related to alcohol consumption. We are grateful for the involvement of local and county emergency services personnel who were instrumental with the organization and implementation of this community service educational and training event.”

The following agencies will be involved in the program: Berks County Communication Center, Berks County Coroners Office, North Central Highway Safety Network, Penn STAR4, Spring Township Fire Department, Spitler’s Towing, and Western Berks Ambulance Association.

For more information, contact Chief Rudy at 610-396-6119.
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