Press Release for Thursday, October 4, 2007

UNF Hosts 'How to Save a Life' Drinking and Driving Program

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida’s Greek Life presents “How to Save a Life” program by drunk-driving victim Nicole Martingano at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Lazzara Performance Hall on campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Martingano, a University of Florida student, was hit head on by a drunk driver and will share her personal struggle to stay alive. The presentation shows the audience what a victim of drunk driving goes through medically and emotionally, as well as the legal and social consequences the drunk driver encounters.

The program emphasizes that anyone can be a victim of drunk driving or be the drunk driver behind the wheel. A short video will be shown of Martingano learning how to walk, talk, use her hands, tie her shoes and even skip following her horrifying accident.

Martingano has presented her program to various audiences, including college students and physicians at a Trauma Alcohol and Drug Awareness Colloquium sponsored by UF&Shands. She recently was presented the Ann Q. Lynch award by the University of Florida for going above the call of duty in her work against drinking and driving.

For more information, contact Kelley Wood, UNF Greek Life, at (904) 620-1574 or at