Drunk Driving on College CampusesAugust 29, 2018
Drunk driving continues to be a serious problem in the United States, despite the ongoing efforts of law enforcement, public health officials, and groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Too many innocent lives are lost, simply because someone made the irresponsible and reckless decision to get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated.
Unfortunately, a significant percentage of drunk driving accidents are caused by college-aged young adults, many of whom are under the age of 21. Regardless of whether this is a result of their new-found independence, peer pressure, or a moment of poor judgment, one bad decision can have devastating consequences.
While this is not true for every college student, excessive alcohol consumption has become a rite of passage on college campuses, particularly if a student is participating in a sorority or fraternity. In addition to the fact that consuming too much alcohol can increase the person’s risk of injury, assault, and sexual abuse, the person is much more likely to be involved in a serious car accident if they get behind the wheel, or accept a ride from someone who has had too much to drink.
Too often, however, college-aged kids think that nothing bad will ever happen to them, or they do not think they are as intoxicated as they really are.
Statistics on College Drunk Driving
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one person dies every 48 minutes in drunk-driving accidents in the United States.
- MADD reports that two of three people will be involved in a drunk driving-related accident at some point in their life.
- Approximately one third of drunk driving convictions and arrests involve repeat offenders.
- The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports that the annual economic cost of drunk driving accidents is roughly $130 billion.
- The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) warns that college students are at particular risk of being involved in a drunk driving accident.
- Young, inexperienced drivers are more likely to combine illegal drugs and alcohol when driving.
- MADD reports that drunk driving is most common among drivers between the ages of 21 and 25.
- Roughly 20 percent of college students admitted to drunk driving at some point.
College administrators can work with local law enforcement and community organizations to prevent underage drinking, and raise awareness of the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption.
In addition, by offering a range of healthy, safe, and fun alternatives to drinking, they can reduce the number of serious car accidents, and other dangerous behavior that is often connected to alcohol consumption.
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