Date: April 20, 2010
To: All U.Va. Students
From: Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
Subject: Please celebrate safely and responsibly this weekend
Reminders for Having a Safe Foxfield
See the first-ever Foxfield safety video, featuring peers and administrators.
Please take a few minutes to think about your personal safety if you are attending Foxfield this Saturday:
* Always carry a photo ID and make sure your friends carry identification and phone numbers with them in case they become incapacitated for any reason.
* New this year: As a safety measure, drivers are being asked to drop off passengers inside the Foxfield grounds instead of Garth Road. Drivers will receive a free shuttle pass allowing them to quickly and safely drop off passengers inside the grounds.
* If you are intoxicated, your impaired judgment places you at a much greater risk for the following: injuries; sexual activity that is later regretted or deemed to have lacked consent; or a police citation. Plan not to drink or set a drink limit for yourself and stick to it.
* If you accept a beverage from someone, make sure that you know the individual, you have observed the drink being prepared, and you never leave it unattended. Exercise caution in any public setting with any beverage.
* Make a plan to get home safely. Register for the Foxfield designated driver program and receive a T-shirt (first 600 only). All who register receive free sodas on Race Day. If you do not have a sober driver, use Foxfield’s UTS shuttle to travel safely between the Grounds and Foxfield. No one should risk drinking and driving. See detailed information on both programs below.
* Always comply with requests from the police and Foxfield security officials.
* Never leave a friend alone, especially if impaired, and do not hesitate to call 911 if medical attention is needed.
* To learn more about Foxfield safety, attend the Foxfield education program on Wednesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Newcomb Theater. The event is sponsored by the U.Va. ADAPT (Alcohol and Drub Abuse Prevention Team) peer educators.
For many of you, this weekend will be a chance to celebrate before classes end and exams begin. Please make plans to keep yourself and your friends safe.
If you attend the Foxfield Races, you will notice a significant law enforcement presence. As a reminder, this is not a U.Va.-sponsored event. The Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, and the Albemarle County Police are continuing their efforts to provide a safe environment for spectators attending the races and to deter and detect crime - specifically alcohol-related offenses. These agencies, as well as a private security force, will be monitoring the crowd closely and citing those who engage in illegal activities.
In addition to making sure you bring enough water, food and sunscreen to the event, consider the following ways to stay safe on Saturday.
* Public transportation, provided by UTS, will be available on Saturday.
- Cost: $10 round trip (cash only and no change provided).
- Pick-up and drop-off points:
- The Student Activities Building at Scott Stadium.
- McCormick Road near the Chapel.
- Darden Lower Loop.
- Times: 9 a.m. to noon (to Foxfield) and 4 to 6 p.m. (return to Grounds). Buses depart from the main pedestrian entrance to Foxfield in the invitation parking lot.
* Sign up to be a Foxfield designated driver.
- The first 600 students who register as a non-drinking driver for the Foxfield Races will receive a free pocket T-shirt. All who register will receive free sodas on race day.
- Go to the Center for Alcohol and Substance Education (CASE) at 170 Rugby Road, the back entrance to Madison House, between April 20 and 22 during the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to register and pick up your T-shirt.
- You may also register at the ADAPT Student Safety Tent, located west of the Tower area between the rail and the travel lane.
* Students may leave their cars in the Foxfield Invitation Parking Lot overnight if needed, free of charge or risk of towing.
FREE FOOD AND WATER
ADAPT peer educators will once again host a Student Safety Tent (located west of the Tower area between the rail and the travel lane) to provide free water, light snacks and sunscreen for ALL race attendees. The Student Safety Tent also registers designated drivers who receive free sodas. The first 600 who register will receive a free Foxfield pocket T-shirt.
GETTING MEDICAL HELP
* Never hesitate to seek medical attention when needed. Do not leave a friend to "sleep it off."
*If you’re not sure if your friend needs help, take the person to a First Aid Station for an assessment. The first-aid stations are staffed by U.Va. Emergency Department and EMT personnel. Look for the large white flag with a green first aid cross. Locations are:
- Between the airplane hangar and the West Gate.
- On the paddock line between the orange and green sections.
*Remember P-U-B-S to know the signs of alcohol poisoning
- P ulse: irregular heartbeat.
- U nresponsive: no reaction to a firm pinch.
- B reathing: slow and shallow.
- S kin: cold and clammy.
If you notice EVEN ONE of these symptoms, call 911 immediately, tell the dispatcher you’re at Foxfield and provide your plot location (a letter and number combination found on the parking tag). Medical personnel will come to your location.
If you can’t get a cell phone signal, find any law enforcement officer or anyone wearing a red “Cerberus” Event Staff shirt and they will radio in your request. Law enforcement’s primary goal is to protect participant safety. Don’t hesitate to get help.
- If you will be taking private transportation to Foxfield, exercise appropriate caution. If you are riding in an open truck or Jeep, do not sit on the edge of the flatbed or at a raised height where you risk serious injury in the event of an accident or flying objects.
Drivers can be charged with reckless driving if their passengers are being transported in an unsafe manner.
- Help keep the Grounds and other areas clean. Use trash receptacles provided at the bus stops and other spots.
For more tips on enjoying a safe Foxfield, please see:
In addition, the Web site for the Center for Alcohol and Substance Education (CASE) includes information and educational tips:
I encourage you to be smart, to think about your personal safety, and to make safety a part of your routine, whether it’s Foxfield weekend or just an ordinary day.
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
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