Have a safe spring break

Ah, sweet freedom. We’ve hit the halfway mark this semester, and it’s time for a much-deserved break. It’s always difficult to stay focused on classes, tests and projects as the weather improves, so a week of fun in the sun is exactly what the doctor prescribed. We’re all for having a good time, an…Ah, sweet freedom. We’ve hit the halfway mark this semester, and it’s time for a much-deserved break. It’s always difficult to stay focused on classes, tests and projects as the weather improves, so a week of fun in the sun is exactly what the doctor prescribed.

We’re all for having a good time, and we hope you take the week to relax and get away from your hectic schedules. But just as important as enjoying yourself is making sure you stay safe. We realize fun and alcohol (for those of age) sometimes go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, every year we hear horror stories about students around the country not understanding the line between a good time and a terrible decision. We hope you all make smart decisions wherever you go and do not let alcohol turn an enjoyable spring break into a tragic trip.

And, with airfare as high as it is and gas remaining relatively cheap, we know many of you will be driving to your destinations. An economical choice but don’t sacrifice cost for safety. Avoid driving late at night when it’s dark, when you’re tired and when you don’t know the conditions of the other drivers on the road. And never drive while under the influence of alcohol. Leave the keys with a friend, take cabs or select a designated driver.

If you’re heading off to another country, make sure you take the necessary precautions, especially if you’re heading to some of the hot spots in Mexico. Check with the U.S. State Department Web site for any travel warnings before you leave the country.

There’s still plenty of school left after the break, so while we hope you rest up and enjoy yourself, we also wish you a safe return to campus.