April 6, 2003 -- Have a Safe, Fun Spring Break
It's that time of year again. Prom. Graduation. But first comes Spring Break. Once dominated by the college crowd, more and more high school students are getting in on the tropical tradition. Whether you're staying stateside and heading to places like South Padre Island or Panama City Beach, or venturing farther off to Cancun or Jamaica, make sure you stay safe so you can make it to those other big spring events.
By now you've probably heard it all about the dangers of drinking and driving, or riding with someone else who has been drinking. Maybe you've even signed the Positive Promise, assuring your parents you'll do no such thing. Don't let your commitment slide just because you're out of town and away from the watchful eye of adults. Those dangers are just as real - even more so - when you're in an unfamiliar town clogged with thousands of spring revelers.
Not to spoil your fun, but drunk drivers aren't your only safety concern. Of course Spring Break is all about friends, relaxation and meeting new people, but that laid back state of mind can make you a target for crime. Spring Break is not only a time of increased traffic fatalities, but also of drownings, falls, fights, rapes and robberies.
The best way to avoid being a Spring Break headline is to stay sober and alert. Here are some other tips for doing just that:
Always pour your own soft drinks. You never know what someone else can drop or pour in your Pepsi.
Safe Ideas for Spring Break fun:
Just think, by not drinking during Spring Break, you'll not only reduce your chances of being in a car wreck, becoming a crime victim or suffering a tragic accident, you'll also minimize your chances of:
Besides, drinking is illegal until you turn 21.
Whether you're leaving town or staying home for Spring Break, make sure you can live to tell about it.
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