Mississippi Valley State’s Student Counseling Center and Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition’s (MJCPC) Delta Region Alcohol Countermeasures Impaired Driving Prevention Initiative, has formed a strategic alliance to bring awareness of impaired driving to the MVSU campus and the entire Delta region.
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, MVSU and MJCPC hosted a prevention outreach in the Charles R. Lackey Recreation Center. The purpose of this outreach was to inform young adults how important it is to drink responsibly and the consequences of drinking while driving.
“An event such as this is very much needed during this time in society,” said Yolanda Jones, Director of Student Counseling. “Data shows that underage drinking has affected the Mississippi Delta tremendously. Therefore, it’s important to have prevention initiatives such as this to make sure our students are aware of the consequences without making them feel inferior.”
Pablo F. Williams Sr., prevention specialist for MJCPC, served as the guest speaker for this year’s event. His presentation introduced attendees to different stages of alcoholism, the effects of alcohol, patterns of alcohol use, field sobriety, breathalyzer tests and more.
MJCPC is an entity of Jackson State University. The goal of their initiative is to reduce the number of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities involving motor vehicles in the Mississippi Delta Region.
According to the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety, in 2011, there were a total of 807 drivers involved in fatal crashes; 62 were between 17-20 years of age; 5 of these teens had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .10 or greater.
“It’s very important that we get the word out to our young people about impaired driving,” said Williams. “We want our young people to be productive in life so we must educate them on this matter.”
With about a 70 student participation, the event ended with the viewing of a car taken from a fatal car crash to show students the true consequences of drinking and driving.
For more information regarding this event and MVSU’s Student Counseling Center, please contact Yolanda Jones at 662-254-3830 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.