Baylor, Texas A&M Student Leaders Partner on Drowsy Driver Program

Oct. 27, 1999

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University and Texas A&M University student government leaders will focus attention on the problem of drowsy driving Thursday, Oct. 28, which has been designated "Drowsy Driver Awareness Day" on the Baylor campus.

"We want to educate students about the dangers of driving while tired, and that college students are the most succeptible to this type of accident," said Baylor student body president Jon Rolph, a junior from Wichita, Kan.

Student government leaders will have information tables set up all day Thursday in the Bill Daniel Student Center and the Hankamer School of Business and during the lunch hour in Penland and Memorial food courts. Students will be given business cards that list the locations of motels that are participating in the Lupe Medina Drowsy Driving Safety Program, initiated last year by A&M student leaders. At least 10 Super 8 motels and Hampton Inns across Texas will give college students a discount on a room if the student is more than 55 miles away from the university during the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Student leaders also will provide green, maroon and white ribbons to be worn in remembrance of the students who died in a tragic drowsy driving-related accident Oct. 10 near College Station.

Baylor and A&M student government leaders will meet formally during Baylor's Student Congress meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in Cashion room 403. A&M student leaders will make a presentation on the drowsy driver safety program and of forming a partnership with Baylor. Baylor student leaders plan to pass a resolution in support of the partnership and also to send condolences to the families of the students who lost their lives. Rolph said that Baylor will present A&M leaders with a framed copy of the resolution.

"Our hope is that by working together, we can take this program statewide and eventually nationwide," Rolph said.

For more information, contact Rolph in the student government office at (254) 710-4082.

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