Police Team Up With Alcohol Awareness Volunteers reports Ecoteer Responsible Travel
Look to spread awareness to community regarding dangers of substance abuse
Over 30 student volunteers have spent Monday afternoon at the Office of the Dean of Students stuffing 2,900 bags with brochures, various letters and literature, all of which promote the the understanding of alcohol abuse prevention and other safety concepts.
There are another 175 volunteers that are scheduled to walk the campus on Wednesday, even knocking on doors to over 3,000 apartments and residences in the area in order to connect with individuals within the community regarding the issues.
The effort is all part of the “Walk as One,” a co-op effort between the Community Coalition, Champaign and UI police, as well as the Office of the Dean of Students, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Alcohol and Other Drug Office, and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.
Lt. Jim Clark of the Champaign police stated that the purpose of the “Walk as One” movement is to teach students about the dangers of alcohol abuse in advance of Unofficial.
The brochures include information on alcohol safety, city ordinances we’ll be enforcing on Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day, balcony safety, alcohol poisoning and other useful information,” Clark said. “The purpose is to distribute information to reduce binge drinking, the number of injuries and the number of people transported to the hospital on Unofficial.”
Clark said the effort is intended to reach people who may not be reached by the traditional media.
“We have put out a lot of this stuff before in press releases, but some of the students probably don’t follow the mainstream media and aren’t reading the newspaper day in and day out,” he said. “This is another way to get this information to them.”
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