Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brought its first “Drunk Driving Awareness Day” to UC Irvine’s campus on Ring Road this past Wednesday, May 27, complete with a mock presentation of a post-drinking and driving accident.
The professional fraternity teamed up with the Orange County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in order to increase student and campus awareness of the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol.
With the assistance of MADD, Phi Kappa Psi was able to bring a “Crashed Car Exhibit” to Ring Road. The exhibit then featured a car that had gone through an accident. The exhibit was sponsored as the spring philanthropy and was meant to inspire university-aged men and woman to make responsible decisions.
“We just wanted something that was more relevant to college students, so we’re raising awareness for [driving under the influence],” said Jared Smith, a second-year political science major and member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
The group brought Chronic Tacos to campus to sell to students with hopes of donating funds to MADD. It also gave away free green bracelets with “13,140″ written on them in order to increase awareness.
“13,140 is the number of people who die in drunk driving accidents every year,” Smith said.
While the group worked to raise money for MADD, it stated that its main goal was to increase student awareness of driving under the influence.
The reports of the accident were displayed on the outside of the car in several different languages.
One report read: “The violent impact of the collision caused the defendant’s car and the Toyota Camry he hit to travel a few hundred feet … both occupants of the Toyota that was broad-sided were killed instantly.”
“It’s definitely more effective than just talking about it,” Spivak said