I don’t let my friends drive drunk…

Do You? With Summer just around the corner and finals coming to a close, students often find pleasurable ways to commemorate another semester accomplished and a job well done. Students at the ages of 21 or older tend to celebrate with the consumption of alcohol. Being able to enjoy a few drinks with friends is a privilege, and as such, it should be stressed that with this privilege comes a great amount of responsibility as well.

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes in the U.S. alone (2012). Additionally, the CDC also recorded that nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths were caused by individuals who were driving under the influence of alcohol. The statistics are quite alarming because those who are most at risk during these accidents are younger individuals between the ages 21-24, motorcyclists, and previously convicted drivers who received DWIs (Driving While Intoxicated).

Even though the consumption of alcohol is a social norm amongst young adults, the consequences of being convicted of a DUI should not be taken lightly. Some potential consequences of a conviction of a DUI are losing a driver’s license, serving jail time and/or community service, fees, mandatory classes and rehabilitation, and also getting arrested which stays on record and could affect your future (especially professionally). The consequences of driving under the influence can pile up and become a never-ending nightmare, but the biggest risk of them all is the safety of your own well-being and those around you.

Regardless, it is a fact that one of the leading causes of death amongst college students is driving while intoxicated. Here at the Hope and Wellness Center, we have partnered up with RADD (Recording Artists Against Drunk Driving) which promotes developing a designated driver program to increase the prevention of these alcohol related accidents.

ImageRADD asks college students and young adults to first make a plan before you and your friends go out and party. RADD’s plan is simple:

  • Choose a non-drinking designated driver or call a cab
  • Get a room or crash on a friend’s couch
  • Motorcyclist, decide before you ride; you ARE the designated driver

Again, the plan created by RADD is not difficult to follow and only becomes beneficial to your own life and the safety of your friends. RADD also has a special rewards program that gives all the designated drivers of their party incentives to stay sober at specific restaurants and bars—free non-alcoholic beverages, free food, gift certificates for future visits, or even free cover charge/admission. All these rewards given to the designated drivers is a special thank you to them for keeping the community safe and for being a great responsible friend.

If you would like to find out more about RADD and participating bars and restaurants, you can visit http://collegeisradd.org/bars.htm.

 

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