232 The History of Wake Forest
from the University as the women were returning from an off-campus party. Presi-
dent Hearn immediately wrote Governor Jim Hunt about this matter and stated that
Wake Forest would do all in its power to help get drunken drivers off the road.
Within a week of the accident, about twenty students representing major cam-
pus organizations formed Student Action for Eliminating Reckless Drivers, or Safe
Rds. They found allies in the Office of Crime Control and Public Safety in Raleigh,
and by February the group had organized a Governor’s Summit on campus to dis-
cuss possible changes to driving-while-impaired laws. Governor Jim Hunt, Lieu-
tenant Governor Dennis Wicker (JD ’78), and Secretary for Public Safety Richard
Moore spoke to students. Safe Rds. and members of Chi Omega spent the rest of the
semester drumming up support, and in April 1997, just before final exams, about 150
students rode buses to the state capital to participate in the Rally in Raleigh, knocking
on doors in the state legislature building. They also held a press conference at which
President Hearn and the Chancellors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill and North Carolina State University spoke.
In August, less than a year after the accident, Governor Hunt signed into law
the bill for which students had lobbied. Repeat offenders could lose their cars, spend
more time in jail, and be forced to enroll in a treatment program. Licenses would be
revoked for thirty days instead of ten for those charged with driving while impaired,
and testimony about the results of roadside sobriety tests or the odor of alcohol
would be allowed as evidence that a driver under age twenty-one had been drinking.
No less tragic were the deaths of Matthew Alexander and Graham Gould. Alex-
ander, a rising senior from Florence, South Carolina, was attending Wake Forest on
an ROTC scholarship and was on his way to study in Dijon, France, when he and
230 other passengers were killed in the crash of TWA flight 800 over the Long Island
Wake Forest students, left to right, Elizabeth Laney, Laura
Acton, Fiona Penney, and Jennifer Steinberg meet in Raleigh
with Richard Moore (’82, JD ’86), state secretary of crime
control and public safety
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