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Western Illinois University's Office of Public Safety (OPS) and Western Illinois University Emergency Medical Services (WEMS), a volunteer student organization, will partner with several community emergency service departments to present the 25th annual Mock DUI on Macomb's campus.
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Participants from last year's Mock DUI demonstrate how emergency personnel would respond to a drunk driving accident.
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Officers from OPS, the District 14 Illinois State Police, McDonough County Sheriff's Department and Macomb Police Department, as well as emergency personnel from WEMS, Macomb Fire Department and McDonough District Hospital, will respond as if the accident were real.
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Jim Van Vlymen, police officer in the WIU Office of Public Safety, demonstrates at the 24th annual Mock DUI how police officers respond to drunk driving.
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Western Illinois University to Hold Mock DUI

April 15, 2016


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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's Office of Public Safety (OPS) and Western Illinois University Emergency Medical Services (WEMS), a volunteer student organization, will partner with several community emergency service departments to present the 25th annual Mock DUI at 10 a.m. Monday, April 25 in Q-Lot on the WIU Macomb campus.

The Mock DUI event re-creates a realistic scene of an alcohol-related accident and displays how emergency personnel would react.

Officers from OPS, the District 14 Illinois State Police, McDonough County Sheriff's Department and Macomb Police Department, as well as emergency personnel from WEMS, Macomb Fire Department and McDonough District Hospital, will respond as if the accident were real. Air Evac will fly a helicopter in, and McDonough County Coroner Eric Jameson will also respond. The accident vehicles have been provided by Minus Muffler of Macomb.

"We want to provide an authentic view of drunken driving and the devastating consequences it can have," said OPS Corporal and WEMS Advisor Ted Anderson. "The Mock DUI project is graphic, but anything that deters people from drinking and driving is a plus. Too many people think it can never happen to them. We just hope that this opens their eyes and proves they don't have to just worry about their actions, but also the actions of the car next to them."

Students from area high schools have been invited to watch the situation as it unfolds. WIU faculty, staff and students, as well as community members are also invited to attend.

For more information, contact Western's EMS office at (309) 298-2863 or OPS at (309) 298-1949.

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