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Drunk Driving Among US College Students Still at an Alarming Rate

Sarah Williams

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Sarah Williams | August 23, 2013 | 0

Drunk Driving Among U.S. College Students Still at an Alarming Rate

Drunk driving has remained to be an untreatable epidemic in the United States. And though times have changed—with BAC (blood alcohol concentration) updates and all—drunk driving still persists. The sad fact about it is, most of these citizens are teenagers and in college, according to a research done by the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

The findings showed that one in five college students have admitted to driving while under the influence. 40 percent of the participants have also said that they’ve ridden a car with a drunk driver before. The finds also showed that their tendency to drink and drive increases at age 21. Over 1,250 college freshmen of a large mid-Atlantic university participated in the study.

The participants have been interviewed over a four-year period to observe the occurrence of alcohol-related traffic risk behavior, which essentially constitutes riding with a drunk driver, drinking then driving, and drunk-driving. According to the study, male college students are most likely to engage in this risky behavior although both males and females have a tendency to commit such risks to some extent. The study drove the researchers to the conclusion that it’s not ideal to reduce the minimum legal drinking age.

Even though it’s the drinker’s choice to go driving after they’ve hit the bar and had a couple of drinks, bartenders are partly responsible for it. It is part of the bartender’s duty to keep an eye on intoxicated persons and cut their drinking short if the latter had enough– things that are normally taught during alcohol training or your Learn2Serve TABC certification course (if you’re in Texas).

And since most drunk-drivers are in college and may or may not be of legal age, it’s wise to card them wisely. Here are a few tips on how to spot minors and problem-drinkers who think you’re dumb enough to let them in:

1.    Check the make of the card.

Forged IDs are often made from laminated cardboards and are often shoddily cut.

2.    Examine the imprints and symbols.

The holograms should remain visible even when you flash it in front of bright lights. They do not disappear at a certain angle. Look for any irregularities on the image as well.

3.    Check if the picture matches the holder.

This is pretty much self-explanatory. Does the ID holder resemble the person in the picture?

4.    Verify the details on the ID.

Ask the ID holder details from the ID like address, height, weight, birthday, and age. Fake ID holders often make mistakes with these details.

5.    Bluff your way into finding out the truth.

Think like a cop. A little intimidation helps in getting down to the bottomline. Tell the ID holder that you can’t wait to show the card to your manager for further scrutiny. Ask the ID holder too if he or she won’t have a problem with you showing the ID to a police officer who’s on the way to the bar. If they panic, then you already got your answer. Tell the ID holder he or she will be served virgin margaritas—all she or he has to do is say the word.

Nip drunk driving in the bud by following the simple tips above in carding teen drinkers and students. It’s the little things you can do that can make a huge difference in stopping incidences of drunk driving accidents in the country.

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