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Drunk & Distracted Driving
Resources for Students

Students face many changes in their lives, particularly as they move from high school into college. This often includes changes in environment, more freedoms, and even moving away from home. On the other hand, students are also faced with greater risks to their health, and they face the risk of loss of or damage to their personal property. Outside forces, such as criminals, are a source of some of this concern; however, students may also put themselves at risk.

Poor choices and behavior patterns can cause them to act recklessly and do things like driving while intoxicated or succumbing to distraction while operating a car. It is important for students to understand how their actions can cause injury to themselves and others. They must also learn how to prevent such behavior and how to avoid becoming a victim of the actions of others as well.

Driver's windscreen view of the road getting blurred
Good driving habits and keeping your eye on the road
help avoid traffic accidents, along with avoiding DUI.

Crime Prevention for Students

Students in both high school and college are faced with the risk of personal and property crimes. This is particularly true on college campuses, which are typically larger and where student activity can continue after dark. The best way for students to prevent or avoid crimes is to use caution and stay alert and aware of their surroundings.

Students will want to familiarize themselves with any emergency phones around the campus and in buildings, as these will allow them to directly contact security when needed. When walking on campus at night, students should buddy up and generally avoid walking alone when possible. In addition, students will want to avoid poorly lit or secluded areas in favor of highly visible walkways.

If confronted by a person who attempts to assault them, students should bring as much attention to themselves and the perpetrator as possible. This may involve screaming, breaking items, or whatever it takes to capture someone's attention so that they might help or contact help. Students living on campus should also take the preventative step of keeping their dorm rooms and windows locked and reporting any damaged locks immediately.

When driving, keep the vehicle's doors locked and windows closed. This is also important when leaving the car unattended as well. Avoid parking in isolated areas of the parking lot or areas that receive minimal lighting. It is also safest to ask for an escort if possible when walking to one's car alone at night or during the early morning hours. Students can lower the risk of items being stolen from their vehicle by removing or hiding valuables possessions when parking and leaving the car.

Students sitting outdoors at a university campus
Students should take precautions at college campuses
to avoid the risk of personal and property crimes.

Distracted Driving Resources

It is easier than ever for drivers to fall victim to distraction while behind the wheel of a car. Electronics are a major part of the problem, as most people rely on their cell phones for talking, texting, and more. Although most states have laws that forbid the use of these devices while operating a vehicle, there are still people who ignore or disregard these rules.

Even the use of hands-free devices is a problem and can distract a driver. To best understand this, it is important to identify what constitutes a distraction. An object, person, or anything that takes a person's mind, hands, or eyes off of the act of operating their vehicle is considered a distraction. These are called cognitive, manual, and visual distractions.

This means that communication devices aren't the only things that can cause a driver to lose focus and potentially lose control while driving a car. Eating, laughing and talking with passengers, looking at a map, or putting on makeup are all distractions that drivers need to be aware of and take steps to avoid.

Students Stopping Drunk Driving

There are numerous campaigns designed to stop students from driving while intoxicated. Many of these involve the intervention of adults in a position of authority such as parents, instructors, etc. While these measures are important and can be effective, it is equally important that students receive encouragement from their peers. Students spend their personal time with one another, and when and if drinking occurs, it is often in the presence of friends or acquaintances.

Students can help one another by discouraging drinking and/or the act of driving after consuming alcohol. They can take the keys, drive, or call a ride for an intoxicated friend. The right friends or social group can serve as positive role models and may even help educate other at-risk students on the dangers associated with drinking and driving.

Local Law Resources

Despite one's efforts to prevent crime, it may be necessary to procure the services of an attorney should a student become harmed in any way. Fortunately, San Diego, CA, has many law practices located in the city. It is important to find the right attorney who understands and will best represent one's needs. When looking for an attorney, compatibility and the ability to listen are as important as experience.

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