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Sac State forges partnership to promote sober driving

09-24-2013

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Sacramento State is joining with RADD, the entertainment industry’s program to encourage road safety, to host the Welcome Back Health Fair at the residence halls from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26.

The event will feature information from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Education Program; Violence and Sexual Assault Support Services; Active Minds; Nutrition; Sexuality and Reproductive Health; and Counseling and Psychological Services. There will also be free flu shots from the Student Health and Counseling Services Pharmacy.

The RADD car, a wrapped Scion xB, will be surrounded by RADD volunteers who will explain RADD’s mission to keep drivers and passengers safe on the road through the use of designated drivers and alternative means of transportation. Students will receive a RADD Card that will provide them with various perks, such as free non-alcoholic drinks, at a wide variety of local bars and restaurants.

Erin Meluso, president of RADD, says, “Alcohol-involved crashes among young adults are a tragic, senseless waste because they are entirely preventable. With a little planning before going out – such as designating a sober driver or agreeing to take a cab home – lives can literally be saved.” RADD is 100 percent committed to supporting the growing efforts that colleges across California are making to assure that “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk … Do You?”

RADD is in its fourth year of the California College DUI Awareness Project, conducted in partnership with UC Irvine's Health Education Center. The RADD Program is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The statewide project is active on 19 participating college campuses from San Diego to Sac State with a combined enrollment of 462,000 students.

Sacramento State students will see the RADD car on and around campus in support of RADD’s DUI prevention campaign. The Scion xB will be on the move to further RADD’s mission as a rolling billboard to promote sober driving on California roads.

For a list of RADD Rewards partners, visit www.collegeisRADD.org. For more information on the Health Fair, call (916) 278-6461.

– Craig Koscho
ckoscho@csus.edu