Students Begin Campaign Encouraging Designated Driving

Nebraska Wesleyan University students are joining Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Nebraska State Patrol, and Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman in the “tie one on for safety campaign.”

NWU student body president Denny Vaggalis joined representatives from UNL, state government and MADD at a press conference on December 8 when Gov. Heineman announced a special enforcement to remove impaired drivers from the road.

Nebraska Wesleyan kicked off a similar campaign later that day when students age 21 years and older received a gift card in their student mailboxes with a reminder to stay safe during the holiday season. Students who received a gift card are encouraged to give the gift card to a friend or relative and offer to be their designated driver.

This week, students will also find a top ten list in Great Hall. That list includes fun but realistic reasons why it’s important to use a designated driver if you choose to drink.

Top Ten Reason to Find a Designate Driver:

  1. Nebraska winters aren’t bicycle friendly.
  2. Cheaper insurance means more expensive jeans.
  3. Having your mom drop you off at a job interview will NOT get you hired.
  4. Police don’t find your slurred speech as funny as your friends do.
  5. Criminal records are tough to break.
  6. Sober is sexy.
  7. Drinking and driving is so 2000 and late.
  8. You wouldn’t throw away $20,000. Why would you crash it into a light pole?
  9. Santa doesn’t deliver presents to Detox.
  10. Nothing ruins Christmas like a DUI.

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