For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court Students Sober Up to Drunk Driving

National Save a Life Tour Visits Georgian Court

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 22, 2008—In 2006, an estimated 17,602 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes—an average of one every 30 minutes. These deaths constitute 41 percent of the 42,642 total traffic fatalities, according to MADD, Mothers against Drunk Driving. Now, Georgian Court students will experience the sobering reality posed by drunk driving when the National Save a Life Tour comes to campus on Tuesday, October 7, in the Casino building from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The tour brings a DWI simulator to promote general awareness among students of the issues behind drinking and driving.

The DWI simulator is a five-panel screen that sits in front of a dashboard connected to a padded chair, similar to an actual driver seat. While sitting behind the wheel, participants fully interact with the environment, experiencing everything a drunk driver does. The DWI simulator helps promote a message of choice by giving first hand feedback of the effects of drinking and driving.

Alyssa Ruggiero, coordinator of student life, is excited about bringing the National Save a Life Tour to GCU. “It is important for the students to have a proper understanding of the repercussions of alcohol and to make responsible decisions.”

This event is being presented by the Counseling Center and the Office of Student Activities. For more information, please contact Ms. Ruggiero at 732.987.2606 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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