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Drunk driving has serious consequences for college students


If you’ve had one too many alcoholic beverages, it’s never a good thing to get behind the wheel and drive a car. This goes for everyone, but if you’re a college student, a driving under the influence (DUI) charge may have additional serious consequences on your future.

A DUI may ruin what you perceived as an ideal college life of living in the dorm, going to classes, attending on-campus activities and hanging out with your friends. College years are often the first time students are away from home, and on their own. Young adulthood includes a bit of experimentation such as drinking alcohol.

Unfortunately, binge drinking and heavy alcohol use are not uncommon on college campuses. It’s dangerous, and situations may grow more dangerous when a drunk person decides to drive a car. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) notes that drinking by college students ages 18-24 annually contributes to 1,825 deaths, some of which are related to drunk driving.

Certain repercussions are possible

Beyond the criminal penalties, here are some of things that may happen to a college student arrested for DUI:

  • If you’re on a scholarship, you may lose scholarship funding.
  • Living on campus in a dormitory or student apartment? You may lose this housing.
  • Another possibility is being expelled from school.
  • Your actions could lead to an accident with injury or even fatalities. This in turn could lead to a civil claim against you for damages.
  • You may receive a criminal conviction, leading to the loss of driving privileges, jail time and a significant fine.

College students who overindulge in alcohol and then drive a motor vehicle are clearly playing with fire. It’s a dangerous scenario that may not only affect you, but other people as well. If you are going to drink, please have a designated driver with you. Or just don’t drive at all.


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