Most Missouri college students choose not to drink and drive. In fact, 87% use a designated driver when they are drinking.
However, those who do choose to drink and drive often experience negative consequences such as involvement in a crash or a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) violation.
Drinking slows reaction time, decreases awareness, and impairs judgment. College students are particularly at risk. Every day, 13 people between the ages of 16 and 24 die in an alcohol related crash. Nationwide in 2007, 12,998 people died in alcohol-related crashes. In Missouri, that accounted for 225 deaths. Alcohol was a contributing factor in over 22% of Missouri’s motor vehicle fatalities last year.
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
- Make sure you arrange for a designated driver who will consume no alcohol if you plan to drink. If everyone in your party has been drinking, call a taxi or a sober friend to pick you up. Never ride home with the “least drunk” person in the group. If you are the designated driver, use the CHEERS to the Designated Driver program in your community to get free non-alcoholic beverages at participating bars and restaurants.
Consequences of a DWI
- BAC is the amount of alcohol in a person’s body. The higher a driver’s BAC, the more risk they have of being involved in a crash. A driver with a .10 BAC has a 48 times higher risk of being involved in a crash than someone who has not been drinking at all. A driver with a .15 BAC is 280 times more likely to be involved in a crash.
- Not only will you have to face the local court system if you receive a DWI or are involved in a drinking and driving related crash on campus, but you could be held accountable through your campus conduct/judicial system as well. Most universities in Missouri have campus policies against drinking and driving.