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Mock DUI April 24

April 17, 2017

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MACOMB, IL -- On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime (

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 26th annual Mock DUI at 10 a.m. Monday, April 24 in the southwest portion of 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, the 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 drunk driving and its devastating consequences," said OPS Corporal and WEMS Adviser Ted Anderson."Too many people think it can never happen to them. We hope this provides that perspective on just what can unfold -- and quickly -- and how emergency and law enforcement personnel work together to save lives."

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.

In addition to the Mock DUI event, a Public Safety Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 24 in the Western Hall east arena.

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

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