Spring Break Safety Tips

Texas A&M University and Blinn College spring break runs from March 12-16. Although many students go home, work, or stay on campus, others travel to destinations such as Cancun, South Padre Island or Panama City. However, because such trips frequently involve the combination of large crowds and alcohol, it is particularly important for students and other vacationers to be aware of their own safety and the safety of their friends.

Here are some safety tips to consider:

-Make sure your friends and relatives know where you will be vacationing Call friends or family members to let them know that you have arrived and returned safely.
-Travel with a reputable travel agency. Know what kind of transportation, housing, food and beverages are included in your travel package.
-If you plan on drinking as part of your spring break experience, consider the following:
-Know the alcohol laws at your destination.
-Ask your travel agent for information on age of consumption and local laws regarding alcohol use. Some areas will ticket for open containers, while others may have stiff penalties for public intoxication.
-Have a Designated Driver or Designated Sober Friend in your group to be sure everyone gets home safely
-Don't assume that someone you've just met will look out for your best interests. Keep in mind that more people are sexually assaulted by acquaintances than by strangers.
-Only accept drinks from a licensed bartender or drinks that you pour yourself. You put yourself at risk for receiving an altered beverage if you don't know the source of the drink.
-If a member of your group passes out from alcohol consumption, turn them on their side to prevent choking and call 911 immediately.
-Don't carry all of your credit or bank cards in your wallet or purse. Carry the minimum amount of cash that you will need, including a little backup. Traveler's checks are your best bet when on vacation. If you have extra cash, leave it in your hotel room, hidden from sight.
-If you are traveling to the southern part of Texas, do not cross the border into Mexico. Visit the following U.S. State Department link for more information regarding their travel warnings for Mexico.
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5665.html

The safety of our community does not have borders. It is the goal of every law enforcement agency to protect the citizens that we serve. Be the eyes and ears of your police department. When you see suspicious activity contact the Bryan Police Department or the Brazos County Sheriff’s Department at 979-361-3888; contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600. Together we can make a difference in our community. Hear It - See It - Report It


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