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‘Alcohol Awareness Week’ Aims for Safety, Sobriety

“Stay safe, drive smart!” were among the bywords for Penn College’s observance of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (Oct. 19-25). Held by College Health Services in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and members of the Driver Safety Task Force, the program highlighted the dangers posed by compromised motorists. Students drove PennDOT’s distracted- and impaired-driving simulator, turned their artificially blurred vision toward the Golf Cart Beer Run, and attended presentations intended to keep them and their fellow Wildcats in the classroom – and out of the emergency room or courtroom.

– Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian and Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographers

Wearing goggles that see anything but straight, nursing student Abbygail G. Halderman, of Shamokin, wobbles her way through a simulated field sobriety test.
Wearing goggles that see anything but straight, nursing student Abbygail G. Halderman, of Shamokin, wobbles her way through a simulated field sobriety test.

PennDOT's simulator offers immediate feedback on driver performance ... but without the crash risk.
PennDOT’s simulator offers immediate feedback on driver performance … but without the crash risk.

Special eyewear provides a clear vision of consequences ...
Special eyewear provides a clear vision of consequences …

... as this "intoxicated" motorist found while traveling with Penn College Police Officer Adam J. Haffley.
… as this “intoxicated” motorist found while traveling with Penn College Police Officer Adam J. Haffley.

"Beer Run" T-shirts could be won by students visiting four check-in stations.
“Beer Run” T-shirts could be won by students visiting four check-in stations.

The safety-oriented teaching team of Police Chief Chris E. Miller ...
The safety-oriented teaching team of Police Chief Chris E. Miller …

... and Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer, outlined "How to Throw a Party at Penn College and Not Get Busted."
… and Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer, outlined “How to Throw a Party at Penn College and Not Get Busted.”

Deborah A. Erdman, a Penn College nursing faculty member and part of Geisinger's Adult Trauma Team, presents "Dying to Be the Life of the Party."
Deborah A. Erdman, a Penn College nursing faculty member and part of Geisinger’s Adult Trauma Team, presents “Dying to Be the Life of the Party.”

The menu isn't all food for thought, as Carl L. Shaner, director of college health services, tends the grill.
The menu isn’t all food for thought, as Carl L. Shaner, director of college health services, tends the grill.

Educational displays help spread the word.
Educational displays help spread the word.