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College Students Encouraged to Stay Sober and Awake When Driving During Spring Break

Published March 13, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Most New York colleges and universities are closed for spring break through March 17. Many students are anticipating fun and making lasting memories during the week, and many have spent their hard-earned money making reservations at spring break hot-spots. Unfortunately, a tragic car accident in Ohio serves as a reminder that spring break fun can turn deadly. Government and consumer groups alike offer safety tips for students and their parents to help keep vacations safe and memorable.

Our Binghamton personal injury lawyers wish all area students a fun and enjoyable spring break. We encourage you to drive safely, be aware of the cell phone laws in the states you will be driving through and to only drive sober and when fully awake.

Drowsy driving and drunk driving are two of the primary risks for students driving during spring break. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report, although the two are distinct crash causes, there is some evidence of overlap. In fact, NHTSA found that drivers had consumed some alcohol in nearly 20 percent of all drowsy driving, single-vehicle crashes. The agency also found that in New York, more than one in three drivers surveyed in drowsy-driving crashes said they had consumed some alcohol.

Many young adults may not know that even when alcohol is not involved, sleep deprivation can impair driving skills as much as alcohol or drugs. In one AAA survey, nearly 90 percent of the police officers interviewed said that they had pulled cars over for suspected drunk driving, but found a sleepy driver behind the wheel instead.

AAA urges drivers to not drive when sleepy, to stop driving if they become sleepy and to drive with a passenger if you will be traveling long distances and during late night hours. They add that a sleep-deprived driver will have slowed reaction times. AAA reports that each year up to 100,000 crashes involve drowsiness or fatigue as a principal cause.

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) offers tips and warnings about sun exposure, alcohol use and water safety. The ACEP suggests that “a little knowledge, preparation and common sense” can prevent many accidents from happening in the first place.

The ACEP reminds everyone to be smart when working on their tan. Remember to apply an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen generously and often. The ACEP also reminds sunbathers to drink plenty of water to ward off dehydration. Dehydration and a serious sunburn could require emergency care.

In addition to staying healthy, the ACEP reminds students to be smart about their safety. Always carry your cell phone, stay with a buddy and know your surroundings. Most importantly, do not go anywhere alone with a stranger.

“Emergency physicians see so many serious injuries or illnesses during spring break vacations,” said Dr. Nick Jouriles of ACEP. “A lot of those are a direct result of bad personal choices that could have easily been avoided.”

“We want everyone to have the time of their lives, but not at the cost of their health and safety,” added Jouriles.

Our personal injury attorneys echo that sentiment. Please remember to drive safely and to be careful wherever your travels may take you.

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