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Safe Rides Program2012 YOUTH-Turn It Around Awards Contest
Impaired Driving & College Students • 23% college students report driving after drinking any alcohol; 3.1% college students report driving after consuming 5 or more alcoholic beverages • How many students does this represent at UMass Dartmouth? – 2,169 students drove after drinking any alcohol – 292 students drove after consuming 5 or more alcoholic beverages • Impaired drivers are of risk to themselves and others – Each year, 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes – At UMass Dartmouth, this number is approximately equivalent to the number of students in any given class year. Imagine an emptyThis is an aerial view of amphitheatre atUndergraduate Commencement Commencement.at UMass Dartmouth This is what 1,825 empty seats—the equivalent of the number of college students who die each year from alcohol-related causes—would look like.
Peer to Peer Education Efforts • Two established peer-led efforts to address unsafe alcohol use and impaired driving at UMass Dartmouth – Peer Health Educators – UMADD UMass Against Destructive Decisions • Both groups focus on harm/risk-reduction – Encourage designated sober drivers, safe alternatives (public transportation, cab, etc.)
Our Problem• Safe driving alternatives are limited – No nighttime bus or shuttle service between campus and popular downtown (bar) area. – Local taxi service overburdened with demand on Thursday-Saturday nights = long waits for, or no availability of, cabs.
Tragedy Strikes Home• Former UMass Dartmouth student, Kristian J. Rose, Jr., was killed by a drunk driver on July 12, 2011
“Turning it Around” Invitation to Conversations That Matters Dinner with Discussed problem of campus administration students’ alcohol use and associated harms with campus leadership at Conversation That Matters Dinner Researched other campus “Safe Rides” programs Met with Campus Services to discuss various transportation options for the “Safe Rides” program The Bacchus Network’s friendsdrivesober.org site was a helpful resource when researching Safe Rides programs/models.
“Turning it Around” Established student organization to advocate for the development of a “Safe Rides” program at UMass Dartmouth – Bus service between campus and popular downtown Safe Rides Constitution (Student Organization)
“Turning it Around” Student Activities, Involvement, & Leadership (SAIL) Office developed impaired driving prevention video clip (Corsair Clip) featuring campus mascot • Video created by student Matt Dean in memory of Kristian J. Rose, Jr. (1990-2011) Distributed impaired driving prevention Corsair Clip via Facebook & closed circuit campus TVs
“Turning it Around”: Next Steps Developed “Safe Rides Pledge” Disseminate “Safe Rides Pledge” to campus community paper social media
“Turning it Around”: Next Steps Collaborate with campus departments (Health Services, Public Safety, Campus Services/Transportation, etc.) to develop “Safe Rides” pilot program Develop budget for “Safe Rides” pilot program Request funding from Student Government Association to support “Safe Rides” pilot program Launch pilot program Evaluate pilot program Modify and institutionalize program Don’t Risk It, Ride It!