Safe Onto Sober Program
For years, there has been a growing concern about how to address intoxicated students and guests who were not intoxicated enough to require medical assistance - but were not able to care for themselves. Until recently, the only option was to leave these students in the care of a sober (or sober-appearing) student.
The statistics about high-risk alcohol and college students is staggering. Each year, more than 1,700 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes (Hinson et al. 2005). In addition - 599,000 college students are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol annually (Hingson et al. 2005).
Last year, UCI-PD began the planning process to develop another alternative. The result was Safe Onto Sober (SOS). Through a partnership with the Newport Beach Police Department - individuals who are too intoxicated to care for themselves can be brought to a safe facility where they can be monitored and released when they are deemed sober.
This program is open to all members of the UCI community including students, staff, faculty and guests.
This program is a collaboration between the UCI Police Department, the UCI Health Education Center, and Student Judicial Affairs (Dean of Students Office).