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Ex-ISU Student Becomes Advocate After Friend Dies in DUI Crash

Allison Seys and Michael Collins
Allison Seys
Allison Seys' friend Michael Collins was killed by a drunk driver in 2014.

A new campaign to get drunk drivers off the road hits close to home for a former Illinois State University student.

Allison Seys and two of her friends were injured in the 2014 crash in Bloomington which killed Michael Collins—killed by a drunk driver.

“My friends and I still live with the memories and the impact of the crash as well, but it was definitely a life-altering experience and it really lit a fire in me to really make a difference,” Seys said on GLT’s Sound Ideas.

Saturation Saturday logo
Illinois State Police will be taking part in the first Saturation Saturday this weekend.

“I didn’t want Michael or Tawni (Ricketts) or Sam (Nelson) or myself just to me another statistic and I hope to use that experience and my voice to make a difference.”

The drunk driver, Jamie Webb, was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Collins' death inspired the MC Strong movement while his family created a foundation which helps fund MADD and other community organizations.

Seys was hospitalized for one day following the crash. She then started volunteering for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and now works for MADD as a program coordinator for its Illinois chapter.

The group is promoting a new State Police campaign called Saturation Saturday. Local, county and state police will boost traffic enforcement from the evening hours this Saturday through the morning hours on Sunday.

“I think sometimes drivers on the road expect it at certain times, especially around the holidays but to put this emphasis on the weekend before and just any weekend really shows the seriousness that law enforcement is taking on this cause,” Seys said.

Illinois State Police are recommending several tips to prevent a drunk driving crash.

  • Never let family or friends drive impaired.
  • Plan ahead, give your keys to a designated driver before you go out, call a taxi, take mass transit, or use your favorite ride sharing service.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears his or her seat belt. It is their best defense against a drunk/impaired driver.  

“We are committed to the safety of everyone driving on the roadways and this enforcement initiative,” State Police Captain Louis Kink said. “Too many people die behind the wheel due to impaired drivers.”

You can also listen to the full interview:

GLT's full interview with Allison Seys.

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