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Program Teaches About the Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Grant allows College to bring Mark Sterner and his powerful message to campus

11/28/2007 10:07:04 AM


LYNCHBURG – Mark Sterner will offer his powerful message about drinking and driving to the Randolph community on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.

The acclaimed program, “DUI: A Powerful Lesson,” is free and will take place in Smith Hall Theatre.

Jennifer McCurley, physician assistant and director of health education, chose this speaker due to the numerous praises he has garnered. The program is funded through a grant from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Sterner’s program revolves around a fatal choice he made to drink and drive during Spring Break of his senior year. Sterner and his friends decided that night that the least drunk among them would drive home. Sterner was chosen, and that bad decision resulted in the death of three of his friends and a three-year prison sentence.

Hoping to make a difference and prevent another young person from making the same bad choices he made, Sterner began his program to educate students about the dangers of drunk driving. Sterner’s program has appeared at many campuses and conferences across the country, winning the 2004 and 2005 awards from Speaker of the Year from “Campus Activities Magazine.”

Hopefully, programs like Sterner’s are working. Statistics show the number of alcohol-related automobile fatalities has been decreasing. Thirty-seven percent of automobile fatalities were alcohol related in 2005, which was down two percent from the previous year. The majority of drunken driving fatalities are between the ages of 21 and 24.

McCurley believes these programs do help.

“They raise students’ awareness about the effects of alcohol on driving and their behavior,” she said.

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