Carole Flounders (left) and the Cruisin’ not Boozin’ team help educate
young people not to mix alcohol, drugs and driving.
SIXTEEN YEARS AGO,
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital began the Cruisin’ not Boozin’ program as a
community service to educate young people to help reduce the incidents of deaths
and injuries due to this lethal mixture. Typically the result of automobile accidents,
these injuries are most frequent in young people between 15 and 24 years old. Approximately
50 percent of these accidents also involve alcohol or drugs.
The Cruisin’ not Boozin’ injury-prevention and highway-safety program
annually visits 80 to 90 elementary, middle and high schools as well as colleges
and community organizations. The program is intended to heighten awareness about
the dangers of mixing alcohol and drugs with driving. The speakers include many
former patients who were involved in some way in an alcohol- or drug-related accident.
Drivers, passengers or accident victims, they all have permanent injuries –
mostly to the brain and/or spinal cord.
Because the speakers are people with whom the young audiences relate, they have
significant impact – far more than adult lectures and warnings. During the
program, the speakers talk about losses readily understood by other young people.
These include physical disfigurement; going without a date since the accident; not
being able to drive, work or live independently; and loss of freedom.
Another part of the program is a presentation for parents. Family members caring
for injured young people help parents understand how devastating these types of
injuries are for the whole family.
Subaru of America, Inc. has helped support the Cruisin’ not Boozin’
program for 10 years. Subaru also has donated a vehicle as part of its Thirty Cars
for Thirty Causes Program to help transport speakers to their presentations.
for more about the Cruisin’ not Boozin’ program.