With spring break approaching, students need to know how to stay safe since, according to the CDC, unintentional accidents are the leading cause of death for people under 30.
“Many students will drive through the night to make it to their destination, but traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day,” said Joe Grant, captain of Support Services for the GC police department. “If you can’t avoid night driving, have at least one person stay awake to talk to the driver. And please, don’t text and drive. It can wait”
Additionally, students are cautioned to stay in groups, as this improves their safety, and to make sure to know a friend’s, or other emergency contact’s number, by heart in case their phone is lost, stolen or dead.
Though calling a taxi is best, if taking an Uber or Lyft, make sure the vehicle and person match the description of the driver in the app. Before getting into the car, ensure that the license plate number matches the one listed on your app. Personal information should also be carefully guarded in order to maintain personal safety.
“We always suggest that people practice good bystander intervention skills,” said Jennifer Graham, director of the Women’s Center. “So if you’re on a spring break trip and find something concerning, and that can be anything from a friend that seems uncomfortable or in an unsafe situation, intervene in that.”
The Women’s Center often holds programs discussing bystander intervention.
“We’ll be here during and after spring break, and hopefully nobody will experience any type of sexual assault or domestic violence or stalking, but if they do, we are here,” Graham said. “We have a full time victim’s service coordinator, as well as myself and all of our other staff members, who are trained to provide people with resources.”
If students are planning on traveling outside the U.S. for spring break, look at the CDC website for a list of vaccinations recommended for different countries and the risk factors associated with any potentially hazardous countries.
“We refer students to the Macon-Bibb Health Department and their travel clinic if students are planning on traveling outside the U.S. for spring break,” said Britt McRae, director of the Wellness and Recreation Center. “That department is aware of all vaccinations needed and will have them available most of the time. We are unable to store some of the vaccinations on campus due to several factors.”
Students can take use the resources and stay safe by using these suggestions and by making sure to use common sense.
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