When you send your child off to college, you do so with the hopes of him or her receiving an excellent education, becoming active in campus activities and having a good time as well. However, sometimes students party and drink to excess.
This can have disastrous consequences for many young adults. Here are some statistics about driving under the influence (DUI) provided by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) that you can use to talk about this significant concern with your college student.
DUI Takes Lives
When discussing DUI with your child, arm him or her with the facts. This is a serious societal problem that is the leading cause of death on our roadways. In fact, in this country every 2 minutes a DUI crash results in injury. And even worse, every 51 minutes drunk driving kills someone.
DUI Has Consequences
There are different consequences that result from DUI, including legal, familial and university. With respect to the law, penalties are higher for those under the legal drinking age of 21. In addition to a misdemeanor or felony criminal conviction, legal consequences may include:
- License suspension
- Jail time
- Community service
You should also discuss with your college student what consequences he or she would face at home for DUI. Having a contract where your child promises never to assume the wheel after consuming alcohol is a good idea. It should spell out any punishment should this occur. And, keep in mind that automobile insurance premiums soar after a DUI.
Finally, universities take a tough stance on students who drink and drive, often revoking scholarships or merit money should this happen. If your kid plays sports, they might lose a spot on their college team. Some students even face expulsion or suspension from the university.