You may have noticed that in this blog, I don’t include a lot of gruesome images of car accidents. First of all, I’m too much of a wimp to look at them so I don’t see how I’d post them for you. But more importantly, I’m not trying to scare you–I’m trying to empower you. My goal isn’t to scare you into making a change, it’s to empower you so you want to make a change. Even if it starts by you just reading through this blog, or by making an effort to plan safe rides home, or giving you the support you need to say something to a friend. It begins with you.
The change I want this blog to accomplish is for Chapman’s SafeRide program to get rid of their boundaries and limits: both in distance and time. I want Randy Burba, the chief of Public Safety, to make SafeRide accessible whenever and wherever. I want them to hire responsible students to work as drivers, and for it to be a paid job. Finally, I want an email sent to every student on campus announcing this change and providing information to the SafeRide program.
Eventually, I want every campus to implement a SafeRide program. And every town. I want anyone and everyone anywhere and everywhere to be able to get a safe ride home whenever and wherever they want if they don’t have one. Because ultimately, I want no drunk drivers on the road.
We have a long road to get there…
Drunk driving will impact 1 in 3 of us.
Every minute, one person is injured from an alcohol-related crash.
On average somebody dies as a result of drunk driving every 45 minutes in the United States.
Nearly 40% Americans are involved in an alcohol-related motor vehicle crash in their lifetime.
An average drunk driver has driven drunk 87 times before first arrest.
Young men under the legal drinking age (18 to 20) are found driving while impaired due to ingestion of alcohol more frequently than any other age group
50 to 75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
…but we can do it.
I encourage you to take away from this blog and make a difference. I mean it when I say it starts with you: you have the power to speak up, whether it means saying something to your friends, your school, your classmates, even yourself. No one wants to lose someone they love, and I hope this blog has given you that extra support to say “I love you too much to lose you”: however you do that is up to you.
You have the power to make a change for the better.
Thank you for reading my blog!