Funds aimed to prevent drunk driving

By Elizabeth Scopelliti
October 24, 2010

Drinking and driving is an overwhelmingly significant issue that has plagued this country for decades.


Although there are many statistics, facts and accessible tools that are offered to the public to read and learn from, the unbelievable amount of arrests, accidents and deaths continuously affect our nation on a daily basis.

Recently, Cabrini received a $15,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. This funding will be used to help prevent underage drinking by creating campus advertisements, assessment surveys and equipment and supplies.

Cabrini has been receiving grants from PLCB since 2005. This money has providing funding to programs such as P.A.R.T.Y (Promoting Alcohol Responsibility Through You.) P.A.R.T.Y hosts free activities in different dorms every Thursday night that are open to all Cabrini students.

Three out of 10 people have been in an accident caused by a drunk driver at least once in their lives. In addition, an accident relating to drunk driving occurs every 45 minutes in the U.S. as stated in a article. According to, the 2008 United States Drunk Driving Car Accident Statistics were as follows:

  • Thiry-two percent of the total car accident deaths in the U.S were the result of drunk driving.
  • Nearly 75 percent of drunk drivers killed in an accident were not wearing seat belts.
  • Texas, California and Pennsylvania had the highest drunk driving fatalities in 2008.

These disappointing statistics only show how irresponsible and reckless our society is. Because of such high probabilities that someone, regardless if they are drinking or not, will be involved in a drinking and driving related car accident, Cabrini College strives to keep students safe by displaying preventative posters and statistics all throughout the campus.

Unfortunately, there are still a large number of students who insist on driving intoxicated, therefore disregarding laws set by both the college and the state of Pennsylvania.

Because of this, Cabrini will continue to ensure that all of their students are educated and aware of all of the negative consequences that can come from driving under the influence.

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