Spring break is the time of year when college students, family and friends get together to decompress and have fun. Follow these simple tips to ensure that you will have a great time, and return to school and your home safely.
- Obey the local laws – This can result in a difficult legal situation which can cost you lots of money, time and possibly your job.
- Beach warning flags should be taken seriously – It seems like a no-brainer, but many drownings occur during Spring break when swimmers are overwhelmed by water conditions. If black or red flags are posted, do not enter the water. This means there is a strong undertow and rough surf along the beaches.
- Only use licensed and regulated taxis – Some taxis in tourist destinations aren’t legitimate. Unlicensed taxi drivers can take advantage of you financially and otherwise. If you’re not sure a taxi is legitimate, ask your hotel, club or restaurant staff.
- Do not carry weapons – Know the laws on carrying weapons, whether concealed or open-carry. It is best not to take a weapon with you into public.
- Do not purchase, sell or possess illegal drugs or prescription medicine – Drug charges in many places carry severe penalties and even jail time without bail for up to a year. Only carry medicines that are prescribed to you, in the correct bottle or container.
- Do not drink and drive – This is the time of year that many students get behind the wheel of car or into a car with a person who has been drinking. The penalties for a DUI charge or for injuring someone while drunk are severe. If you must drink, drink responsibly, and have a designated driver that you trust to stay sober. If you’ve been drinking, take cabs or use a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft. Plan ahead and eat good meals. Avoid excessive drinking as it can lead to alcohol poisoning.
- Be careful on balconies – Falls at any distance can be fatal.
- Keep an eye on your money – Never carry large amounts of cash on you. It is easy to lose a wallet or bag in crowded areas.