In 2015, Lubbock was ranked eighth in the nation for “America’s Drunkest Cities” and first in “Deaths in DUI Crashes,” according to www.menshealth.com.

These are highly concerning statistics, considering that we aren’t even close to eighth on the list of population in cities.

Our city is made up largely of college students, which highly impacts this rate. This affects all drivers - you never know if you will end up in an accident with a drunk driver, or be the one to cause one.

Residents of Lubbock need to be aware of this issue in order to start to fix it. It is not safe to be driving on roads in a city that have such a large amount of deaths caused by drivers getting behind the wheel after drinking.

We must consider what we are doing now about this problem, and how we can fix it.

In 2012, Meagan Rough was a victim of these conditions. She was killed by a drunk driver near the Tech campus. The person who was driving the car that ended her life had a blood alcohol level of .20 percent. He was driving as fast as 110 miles-per-hour, and clearly shouldn’t have been behind the wheel.

This could have been any of us in this scenario. As students, we have so many things ahead of us to risk our lives. Also, because we are students, we have many options that can help us to make the decision to not get behind the wheel.

Texas Tech offers a driving service to get students home safely, and for free. We also now have options like Uber that can greatly help this problem – if people choose to use it.

This can lead to much safer roads in Lubbock, and can take our city’s name off of a terrible statistic.

People need to be aware that this is a real problem, and that it can and will happen to them.

I think that this is often the problem - people think that they are invincible, when they really need to wake up and realize that they need educate themselves rather than assuming that they can get by safely.

Delaney Hartson

Lubbock