Drunk Driving Symposium Oct. 18 Highlight of Alcohol Awareness Week Events

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 3, 2005 – “Drunk Driving: The Impact of One Choice” will be the topic of a symposium scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Show Me Center.

The event is the highlight of Alcohol Awareness Week activities planned at Southeast Missouri State University.

The program will feature Chad Perkins of Perryville, Mo., who drove under the influence of alcohol, resulting in a car crash that killed his best friend.

“I have to live the rest of my life with the fact I killed my best friend,” Perkins has said. “I just want you to realize that the decisions you make now can affect the rest of your life. Every morning I wake up and think of my friend. Every night I pray for him and pray for forgiveness.”

Moderating the program will be KFVS news anchor, Amy Jacquin. The program will include a video interview with Perkins and his family. Additionally, a panel will discuss the financial, legal, psychological and medical ramifications of drunk driving in general and of this case in particular. The panel also will take questions from the audience.

Members of the panel will be Morley Swingle, prosecuting attorney for Cape Girardeau County; Blaine Adams, Missouri State Highway Patrolman; Dr. Michael Kolda, medical director of the Southeast Missouri Hospital Emergency Department; Lynn Hellman, Perkins’ probation and parole officer; and John Heisserer, attorney and former judge who passed sentence in the case.

The program is sponsored by the Campus and Community Coalition for Change, an alcohol education initiative held in cooperation with the University and the greater community.