10 Safety Tips for a Night Out in A2

Have a plan for getting home safely... and an alternative plan. Whether you are walking, getting a ride or driving, make sure your plans are set before you go out. If you are walking, make sure you know your route. If you are getting a ride, make sure the driver stays sober. If you are driving, you are responsible for the safety of your friends.

Use the buddy system. Plan ahead by taking a trusted friend who has your best interests in mind. Stay together!

Eat and stay hydrated. Make sure you eat well and stay hydrated throughout the day. Alcohol can dehydrate you quickly.

Leave valuables at home and lock up before you leave. Make sure you don't leave valuables unattended. The best way to keep your possessions safe, is to leave them at home. It reduces the chance that they will be lost or taken from you. Be sure to lock your doors while away or at home.

Stay by your drinks. Even if you are not drinking alcohol, it is easy for someone to put something in your drink unless you see it opened or prepared. Keep it with you at all times.

Be aware of your surroundings. Use the buddy system and be aware of what is going on around you at all times.

Be extra cautious on the road. If you are driving, stay sober and be an extra defensive driver. Others may not be as responsible as you are. If you are walking, be aware that drivers may be distracted or intoxicated. Use extra caution whenever you are crossing a street or near vehicles in motion.

Look out for your friends. Even if you are aware of your surroundings, nobody can see everything all the time. Look out for the safety of your friends and talk to them about doing the same for you.

You have the right not to be touched. Others may not be in control and may be looking for a way to violate that right.

Be safe - have fun! If your plans don't work out or you find yourself in an uncomfortable or bad situation call 9-1-1 or 734-763-1131.

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Contributed by Lt. Bryan Baker, DPSS Liaison to Student Life