Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 29, 2010

U-M teams with AAPD to promote a healthy, safe Halloween weekend

In a continuing effort to reduce the harmful consequences of alcohol use, and support responsible drinking and non-drinkers, the university has joined with the Ann Arbor Police Department to increase awareness about health and safety this Halloween.

Division of Student Affairs and Michigan Student Assembly leaders, student volunteers and the AAPD will go door-to-door, reverse trick or treating in neighborhoods adjacent to campus to distribute information promoting safe behaviors that minimize risks and maximize fun. 

Volunteer groups will be provided with a large, plastic pumpkin bucket filled with treats to offer students, along with information about fun, alcohol-free events.

“Our goal is to encourage students to have a safe Halloween weekend and to draw their attention to the wide variety of events happening on campus this weekend,” says Laura Blake Jones, dean of students and associate vice president for student affairs.

The Dean of Students Office and the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program at University Health Service is leading the effort on campus.

UHS recommends the following tips for those who plan to drink:

• Eat food prior to and during your festivities, and alternate non- alcoholic beverages with alcoholic beverages.

• Plan a safe way home before your celebrations begin.

• Monitor how much people are drinking and encourage everyone to Stay in the Blue, which refers to keeping one's blood-alcohol level at or less than 0.06 percent.

• Leave your drinks behind when you leave a party.

• If you plan to get a ride home with someone else, designate a sober driver before any drinking begins.

• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to ensure you get home safely.

For everyone else:

• Control the noise level.

• If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement.

• And remember, if you see that friends are about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get where they are going safely.

For more information about these outreach efforts, please contact Mary Jo Desprez, Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy and Prevention administrator, 734-615-7694 or go to uhs.umich.edu/halloween.