Chabad of Southside Partners with Student Groups to Tackle Drunk Driving. You Should Too

Jacksonville, FL, January 18, 2013 --( Drunk driving is a serious problem that must be tackled head-on. One incident is one too many. When young students are involved it is that much more tragic. Chabad of Southside is taking steps to address this problem and is encouraging the public to get involved too.

Triggered by a fatal accident in which alcohol was suspect, Rabbi Shmuli Novack approached student groups at UNF to see what could be done to encourage students to take a taxi after consuming alcohol. “The University does a great job encouraging responsible behavior and many student groups I’ve met with are taking measures as well,” said Rabbi Novack, Director Chabad of Southside serving UNF. “But as long as one student is out there not heeding the advice means that we’ve got work to do.”

A new program arranging taxi vouchers aiming to eliminate drunk driving among students is being launched on Campus and Chabad is proud to partner with Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) supporting this program, one of several groups taking initiative. The taxi voucher program is an arrangement with a local cab company allowing members to simply call a taxi while the fraternity picks up the tab at a discounted rate at the end of each month.

Chabad of Southside encourages local businesses to follow suit and contribute to this new program that directly takes potential drunk drivers off the street. Funds can be given directly to the Taxi Company or to the Campus Group so that every cent is going directly to this important cause.

“Receiving a phone call from a distraught parent, many hours away, saying ‘please be with my child until I can get to the hospital,’ and as a parent myself – if there is anything that can be done to help avoid such tragedies, it must be done,” said Rabbi Novack.

If you or your business would like to join this effort to support student groups at the University of North Florida contact Chabad of Southside today.
Chabad Lubavitch of Southside, Inc.
Shmuel Novack