U of A Safety Fair warns students about Spring Break dangersPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Three-quarters of the way through the school year, many University of Arizona students can't wait for Spring Break, which starts March 12. But in recent years, the annual week off has become dangerous and even deadly.
It's the week before Spring Break and with the count down running until kids check out, the window of opportunity to get safety messages to students is winding down
U of A police and other on-campus programs set up on the Mall Thursday afternoon with information and demonstrations on staying safe and what could happen if you're not
"We like to present this forum right before Spring Break so they can get this information. So, hopefully, it will stay fresh enough in their minds that when they do go away the can utilize this information to stay safe," said Sgt. Juan Alvarez from the UAPD.
But as grand and hands-on the demonstrations may be, students admit, it may not be effective.
"A lot of information goes in one ear and out the other," said UA Junior Rachel Boocher. "I think there's a lot of information out here but most kids are just gonna look at this and go, 'Oh, that's cool,' and just walk past it and not stop and take the information and take it into consideration."
And while there was not any warnings against specific Spring Break destinations. Police know most students are going to a certain place.
"Some of them, the majority of them, go to Mexico, Rocky Point," said Sgt. Alvarez.
Many of the students will have a fun Spring Break and a lot of them may indulge in some risky behavior. Junior Rachel Boocher says it's because they think they're invincible
"Most kids are gonna sit there and think, 'It's not gonna happen to me. It's not gonna happen to me and my friends,'" said Boocher.
But it could happen to anyone and that's why the safety fair will never go away.