It’s March, which means a couple of things for college students. For those who like basketball, March Madness is around the corner. For those who want to party, spring break is days away. It could mean heading down to the Gulf Coast for sun, salt water and beaches or hitting the mountains for sun, snow and parking lot parties. Whatever your decision, here are six helpful tips for staying on the right side of the law:
- Imbibe responsibly: Authorities look for public intoxication or driving under the influence, whether you are drinking or taking edibles.
- Leave the herb at home: Colorado and other states legalized recreational marijuana use, but traveling with marijuana is risky.
- Respect local businesses: Tourist towns handle all types, including those who trespass, damage property or bring the party to an unsanctioned spot.
- Mind your social media posting: Parents may be the least of your problems if you are a student-athlete, on probation or involved in an organization that does not embrace the party-down lifestyle.
- Avoid conflict: Fights, brawls and confrontations often land people in jail.
- Careful about hook-ups: Leaving the group to spend private time with a new friend can be dangerous on several levels. The risks include getting robbed, becoming a victim of assault or rape, facing rape or assault charges, or getting caught in the middle of something you immediately regret.
College kids make bad decisions
Parents should know where their college student children are staying and maybe request a check-in upon safe arrival and departure. No amount of parenting from afar can protect young adults from engaging in bad behavior, but they still may have to step in after the fact to hire a criminal defense attorney. Hopefully, this isn’t the case, but it’s always wise to hope for the best and plan for the worst.