Staying Alive While on Spring Break: What You (or Your College-Age Kids) Need to Know

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 20-Mar-2017

Spring Break is considered a rite of passage for many college students—a chance to blow off steam and gain new experiences. However, the holiday also presents a sizeable amount of risk, not just for regrettable actions, but for fatalities as well. Consider the following:

  • Traffic fatalities in popular spring break destinations tend to increase by 9.1 percent over the weeks of spring break, according to a University of Miami Study.
  • Binge drinking is rampant during spring break, which makes students more vulnerable to fatal accidents and alcohol poisoning. The Journal of American College Health reports that male spring breakers consume approximately 18 drinks per day on average, and females consume at least 10 a day, far more than is considered safe to drink.
  • Her Campus reports that about half of sexual encounters (both random and planned) are unprotected, leading to a spread of sometimes-fatal STDs.

That said, spring break doesn’t have to be dangerous. By making a plan and following some basic safety rules, students can enjoy their vacation while staying safer. Here are some tips:

  • Never drink and drive. Ever.
  • Avoid binge drinking. Commit to consuming no more than one alcoholic drink per hour; and alternate non-alcoholic beverages with alcoholic ones. Use a buddy system with friends to keep watch on one another and cut each other off when necessary.
  • Be careful in the water, especially when intoxicated. Be aware of rip currents if you’re at the beach. Avoid operating boats or jet skis while drunk.
  • Never leave a drink unattended. If you do, get a new one. Don’t give anyone the chance to put something in your drink.
  • Never go off alone with someone you don’t know. Stay close to friends when talking with strangers, and agree on a code word you can use to alert friends if you feel unsafe.
  • Don’t broadcast your location on social media. Potential predators monitor these channels.
  • Practice safe sex. Always use a condom.

For more helpful information, check out our post 6 Spring Break Safety Tips.

If you or a loved one is hurt in an accident, our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys can help. Call our office for more information.

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