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Published 10/26/2012 6:00:00 AM
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Nick Hayward / The Daily EvergreenThe Pullman Fire Department'responds'to the mock vehicle crash Thursday on Glenn Terrell Mall.

Jaws of Life opened a totaled vehicle Thursday in a mock crash as firefighters saved students on the steps Todd Hall.

The annual simulation is designed to educate students on the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs. ASWSU GIVE, a student run community service committee, organized the event.

“If a student actually sees something like this, they may take it to heart and think twice about getting behind the wheel or into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking,” Fire Chief Scott LaVielle said.

Student volunteers served as actors playing the roles of intoxicated young adults driving home from a party. Firefighters and police responded to the mock scene with realistic protocol, LaVielle said.

GIVE co-president Shawna Brennan said planning the simulation prior to Halloween was intentional.

“Halloween is a big time for partying around campus, and we hope the shock value of this simulation helps people understand that this really does happen,” Brennan said.

With the help of the Pullman Fire Department, WSU Police, Myers Auto Rebuild and Towing and Women’s Transit, the realistic crash scene captured the attention of many students walking on the Glenn Terrell Mall.

Sophomore Colleen Stuckey stopped between classes to watch the simulation.

“It’s creepy,” Stuckey said, “but it’s great for students to see because it’s hard to put a realistic image to drunk driving if you haven’t seen it before.”

Women’s Transit Coordinator Kim Barrett said she hopes the event will encourage students to use the services provided by the organization.

“We give about 5,000 rides each semester,” Barrett said, “We hope students continue to make smart choices when getting home.”

The Pullman Fire Department and WSU developed the mock DUI program about 10 years ago in response to growing instances involving students drinking and driving, LaVielle said. The program is an effective way to educate students, he said.

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