V-Day pledge of Delhi youth: no drunken driving

February 5th, 2009 - 7:14 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) It may be a day to be out with the love of your life but thousands of Delhi youth are going to celebrate the Valentines Day differently - pledging against drunken driving. The initiative is part of Underage Drinking Awareness Week to be observed Feb 8-14 being organised by an NGO, Campaign Against Drunken Driving (CADD), and Delhi University.

“Underage drinking is often a prelude to drunken driving. Research suggests that the earlier a youth starts consuming alcohol, the more likely they are to continue it later in their life,” said Prince Singhal of the CADD.

“Valentine’s Day has assumed great significance in our social calendars, specially amongst the youth. This campaign will give out a special message to youths to drink safe and drive sober,” he said.

Singhal expressed confidence that during the week-long campaign, which ends on the Valentine’s Day, over 10,000 students would take pledge against underage drinking and drunken driving.

During the week, the students would conduct various activities at Delhi University colleges, including a pledge and signature campaign, street plays, and distribution of literature and stickers among the students community and youth.

Some of the participating colleges include St. Stephens, Sri Ram College of Commerce, Kirori Mal, Hansraj, Ramjas, Venkateswara, Jesus & Mary, Gargi, Maitreyi, Kamla Nehru, College of Vocational studies, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharm College, and Motilal among others.

“With the absence of any law and enforcement initiatives by the government, awareness is the only way to prevent loss of young lives. There is no awareness policy by the government in place to reach out to youth and educate them against underage drinking.”

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