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Student Congress urges students to avoid drowsy driving

Oct. 17, 2000

By JON O'TOOLE

Reporter

Falling asleep at the wheel can be a fatal mistake, and with students cramming for midterms and other tests right before fall break, sleep could quickly become a commodity.

Drowsy Driving Awareness Week, hosted by Student Congress, began Monday and will continue through Wednesday. Many of the events are taking place in the Bill Daniel Student Center.

'The big thing is making sure that all students are aware of the hotels located wherever they may be traveling, especially with fall break coming up,' External Vice President Matt Burchett said.

This week, junior class officers will set up presentation boards that contain facts and materials for students to pick up. The boards will be located in Collins and Penland Residence Halls and in the McLane Student Life Center.

Morgen Young, junior class secretary and treasurer, said they will hang banners to promote the week, and the junior class officers will be playing the Dateline video pertaining to drowsy driving in the SLC all day.

Also included to inform the student body, members of Student Congress will wear their Lupe Medina Program T-shirts and send out a campus wide e-mail.

Medina was a Texas A&M student who died in a car accident in April 1998 after falling asleep behind the wheel.

'I hope we make this an every-semester event,' Young said. 'I don't think one semester is enough to get the information out.'

Young also said junior class officers tried to get a speaker for Chapel-Forum but were unable to schedule one because they did not have time to contact someone.

Although a speaker could not be scheduled, the junior class officers hope to have something in the PowerPoint presentation that goes on before Chapel.

'Our goals were basically to get more campus awareness and to get the program used by students,' Young said. 'I would like to find out how well the program and hotels are being used; I think there could be a way to do this.'

Eight of 12 student deaths involving Baylor last year were related to drowsy driving.