Peer Educators Safe and Sober Holiday & DWI Awareness

December 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm
By Stacey Maslowsky

DWI 2 DWI Peer Educators

STOP DWI/Safe and Sober Holiday Season

The decision of when, where and why you drink is yours alone. It is however, important to identify that alcohol impairs judgment and often leads to negative consequences such as arrest, injury or death. Alcohol abuse can also lead to unsafe decisions about sex, poor grades, physical violence and sexual assault. For college students (ages 16-24), this concern is real and unfortunately growing in prevalence.

The Sage Colleges CAPES Peer Education Program acknowledged this concern during its STOP DWI/Safe and Sober Holiday Awareness events this December. Collaborating with the New York State Governors Traffic Safety Committee, students participated in multiple simulated activities. Using blood alcohol content (BAC) vision goggles to help simulate alcohol impairment, students played Nintendo Wii Mario Kart, attempted physical tasks, and drove the New York State Driver Simulator to help identify the impact of alcohol impairment. Students also worked individually with Peer Educators, Peer Education Staff, and New York State Troopers at each event.

Along with interactive activities, students also will be displaying car key ornaments on a DWI Tree in Bachman Pavilion through out December. Each key ornament represents the promise of each student to drive safe and sober during the holiday season.

If you would like to learn more about the CAPES Peer Education Program, please visit the link below or contact the group directly. Thank you.

www.sage.edu/resources/wellnesscenter/peereducation

Stacey Maslowsky | 518-244-2273 | maslos@sage.edu