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Drunk Driving Awareness

SSU Police Department is committed to helping foster a safe learning environment for our campus community. Our dedicated staff are proud to protect and serve our unique and exceptional students and faculty.

Among the services that the officers provide for the community is educating the campus on the topic of drunk driving, deterring drunk driving through high visibility patrols and apprehending drunk drivers.

Our officers are trained in recognizing the signs and symptoms of DUI drivers and conducting field sobriety tests that have been validated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA was established to carry out safety programs and direct consumer programs established by various traffic and motor vehicle acts. For more on the information that NHTSA provides on driving safety, vehicle safety research, teen and college DUI prevention, visit National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Did You Know?

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), there were 10,142 people killed in 2019. That's 29 people killed every day, or one person every 50 minutes.

MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this crime and prevent underage drinking. For more information about the services that MADD provides, including helpful information that students or faculty may use to foster discussion, visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving web site.

Plan Your Ride Home Before the Event

Take the risk out of impaired driving, have a designated driver plan before you go out. It's a simple way to get home or to a location safely and requires as few as two people. Having the number of a taxi service with you is also a great way to get you and your friends home safely. Make sure you have set aside the funds for the taxi and know in advance if they accept cash only or cash and credit. If you are the actual designated driver:

  • Let everyone know that you are the driver
  • Don't drink alcohol, not even a little!
  • Know the addresses in advance of the people in your group
  • Be wary of other drivers on the road
  • Dial 911 if you need police or medical assistance.

If you would like to speak to an officer about the subject of drunk driving or schedule a presentation for your residential community or classroom, visit Sonoma State Police or call the department at (707) 664-4444.