By Ram Seeni
Drinking is something that has become a common activity among adults, college students, and even high school students. Most people who start drinking underage begin because “everyone else is,” which only makes it more dangerous for them. As they get older and enter college, they believe they know how to deal with alcohol better and are thus willing to take more risks. One of these risks is drunk driving.
Fortunately, I can’t say I personally know anyone who has been hurt or died as a result of drunk driving, but that doesn’t mean that this situation doesn’t happen often. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that around 31% of all traffic deaths in 2013, which totaled 10,076, were a result of drunk driving. What are some ways in which we can avoid this situation?
One tip I would recommend is to have a designated driver. It’s not the most fun job in the world, but at least by having a designated driver, you’re reducing the chance of making a stupid and potentially dangerous mistake. Another important thing you could do is take away the keys from a friend who wants to drive after drinking. It may be hard to do, as this person may feel he or she is fine after only having a few drinks, but it is important that you stand your ground – safety comes first. A third strategy would be to find an alternate form of transportation instead of driving. Many colleges, like St. Bonaventure, provide transportation for students into town and back in order to prevent drunk driving – take advantage of these methods of transportation.
These are just a few tips that can help prevent any injuries from drunk driving and help keep everyone safe.