U in the Driver Seat (UDS), a peer-to-peer program focusing on the prevention of young adult motor vehicle crashes—the leading cause of injury and death for young adults in the United States—helps students learn about the risks they face behind the wheel and supports them in spreading safe driving messages to their school and community.
UDS gives college students the resources, tools and information to help educate one another about the dangers of driving, which often includes driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last Thursday, February 23, 2017, UTSA Police Department and fraternity, Sigma Lambda Gamma, hosted UDS as we facilitated interactive safe driver education activities on their campus. Students had the opportunity to try DWI driving simulators, receive safety lessons, and participate in other interactive activities that help retain the safe driving message.
In 2015, Texas saw a higher total number of car crash fatalities for 18-24 year olds (college) than 13-17 year olds (jr. high/high school): 651 college aged fatalities versus 114 jr. high/high school aged fatalities. Spring break is a heightened mix of college aged drivers on the road at risk of making poor driving choices, like drinking and driving.
UDS is hopes to reduce these numbers through multiple spring break outreach events on college campuses now through March 14, and will culminate efforts at a traffic safety event during spring break on South Padre Island March 14-16, 2017.
If you’re interested in hosting us on your campus, contact us here.