In Our Opinion: Drinking and driving only causes problems

October 30, 2009

When the weekend begins, a student’s hunt to find a break from his or her week long responsibilities commences.

Unlike at other universities in bigger cities where the question is which place to go, rather than where to go, at Tech, the choices for recreation are much more limited.

The options that usually present themselves to Tech students are a handful of restaurants, a couple of bars, Walmart and one movie theater.

These places only seem to keep the attention spans of college students for a short time until drinking becomes the only thing that many do for fun.

Now, our concern is not about students,who are of legal age who decide to drink in the privacy of their own homes and consume a reasonable and safe amount of alcohol.

Our concern is for the increase of students both of legal age and illegal age who decide to drink and drive, endangering themselves and others.

Just a few weeks ago, a woman who was driving under the influence of alcohol injured two Tech students following a party. Luckily the students only suffered mild injuries, but this unfortunate event could have had more serious repercussions.
According to the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 2.1 million students between the ages of 18 and 24 drove under the influence of alcohol last year, and about 599,000 students between those ages die each year from alcohol-related incidents.

Death, of course, is probably one of the worst things that could happen when dealing with driving while intoxicated, but there are also other issues to consider.

Aside from drinking under the influence being dangerous, there is also a heightened chance of being pulled over by the police in a community with such a low crime rate like Ruston.

Also according to the NIAA, about 5 percent of four-year college students are involved with the police or campus security as a result of drinking, and an estimated 110,000 students have been arrested for an alcohol-related violation.

Keeping these stats in mind, we hope students will try to find safer alternatives to surviving the weekend in order to keep the streets of Ruston safe and criminal records clean.