Students get a sobering look at drunk driving

CDC: 30 people are killed in drunk driving accidents every day nationwide

SOUTH HADLEY Mass. (WWLP) – Having one drink before you get behind the wheel can have a catastrophic impact on the lives of your family, strangers, and your future. Mount Holyoke College hopes to stop students from driving drunk or buzzed by showing them the effects of a few drinks.

Karen Jacobus organized an on-campus event to give students a grown up lesson in the risks of drinking and driving. “It’s a way for students to learn about the dangers of drinking and driving and texting and driving as well as getting information about alcohol, blood alcohol content, and the resources that are available on campus,” she said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 30 people are killed in drunk driving accidents every day nationwide. 21 to 24-year olds are responsible for one out of every three deadly crashes that involve alcohol.

Deanna Bednarz, a senior at Mount Holyoke, told 22 News why she thinks events like this are so important. “We don’t understand how dangerous it is, one drink and you’re already feeling the effect. I don’t think people realize that until you get behind the wheel and it’s too late,” she said.

The activities consisted of wearing “drunk goggles” and driving a golf cart through an obstacle course of traffic cones. Once they took the goggles off, they saw first- hand how much damage drinking and driving could do. A lesson freshman Zahra Alley-Baktoo said she’s already learned. “I know people that, they’ve just been careless and thought I can still drive, and they drive under the influence and they get into car accidents and, you think you’re ok but you’re not,” she said.

The CDC recommends planning a safe ride home before you start drinking, which includes having a designated driver.

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