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August 27, 2002 -- No. 442

Alcohol awareness program uses driverís course, goggles to communicate message

Thursday (Aug. 29), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ATM Drive, off Raleigh Street near Davis Library and Frank Porter Graham Student Union

UNC campus

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Public Safety and Student Government will sponsor an alcohol awareness program that allows simulation of the effects of alcohol use Ė through "impairment" goggles and a golf cart.

Student participants will ride through a driverís course on a golf cart, first without the goggles and then using the goggles. Organizers hope the experience will demonstrate how just a small amount of alcohol could affect a driverís judgment.

Information on alcohol use and abuse will be available for all participants. Although the event is primarily geared to students, interested faculty and staff are welcomed to participate, as well.

Event co-sponsors are the Office of the Dean of Students, the Hargrove "Skipper" Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, the Student Health Service, the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, the North Carolina Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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Department of Public Safety contact: Angela M. Carmon, (919) 966-3230