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Police to stage DUI rescue at Convocation Center

October 12, 2010

Photo of paramedics loading patient into ambulanceThe NIU community will have a chance to see what goes into saving victims involved in a serious alcohol-related car crash during Thursday’s annual mock DUI rescue.

Campus police will orchestrate the drill from 5:15 to 7 p.m. in parking lot C3 of the Convocation Center. They and emergency rescue workers from the DeKalb area will save victims from a car mangled in a simulated crash.

“This will be quite a visual demonstration. Students will see the damage and injuries that can occur in a vehicle crash,” said Sgt. Alan Smith, public information officer for the NIU Department of Police & Public Safety. “A lot of times people see this and think this won’t happen to them. This can happen to them.”

NIU police officers stage the DUI rescue drill every fall to remind students of the dangers of driving drunk. The dangers are real all year, but their chances increase as NIU homecoming activities and fall and winter holidays draw near, Smith said.

The number of open country roads surrounding the campus is a prime ingredient for serious crashes, he said.

DUI is not crime isolated to the campus. When a serious crash occurs, emergency workers from other agencies are called to help with rescue efforts. Participants in the drill are members of the DeKalb police and fire departments; DeKalb County and Sycamore police officers; and medical helicopter and Kishwaukee Community Hospital staff members.

“This will be a multi-agency coordinated effort. Many times those are the agencies that respond to serious crashes,” Smith said.

“Hopefully,” he added, “the visual effect of those agencies working on a scene will deter people from drinking alcohol and driving. If we can save just one person’s life, it will be worth it.”

For more information, call NIU police at (815) 753-1212.