Today, May 9, 2007, is a Dead Day or day off from final exams for Western Kentucky University students. That means the night before Dead Day, students will be out-in-force partying and drinking around town.
WBKO's Ryan Dearbone looks at how this night can be fun for students but dangerous if taken too far.
Western senior Ian Venskus will be studying hard for finals, but many of his fellow students will be out partying. Venskus said besides spring break and homecoming, the night before Dead Day is probably one of the biggest party nights of the school year.
"The night before Dead Day, everyone just wants to go out and just relax and have a great time," Venskus said, and the Bowling Green Police Department agrees.
"When it comes toward the end of the semester we actually do see more parties, especially with the college-age crowd. So to say our alcohol arrests are up, not necessarily, but we may get more complaint calls or loud parties," said Officer Barry Pruitt.
U-MADD said that numbers for student drinking and arrests go up during the nights of finals week. Venskus, a former resident assistant, said he would routinely see underage residents come into the dorms drunk on the night before Dead Day.
"I would see students come in drunk or whatever because they had been at a party doing something they probably weren't supposed to," Venskus said.
Pruitt said that in order to keep the roads and neighborhoods safe police will be out in full-force looking for wild parties and underage drinking. Venskus said while some students may act-up, he believes most students will behave responsibly.
"It can be pretty dangerous but most students are fairly responsible to know that they shouldn't drink and drive," Venskus said.
Finals will resume on Thursday and finish on Friday, and Pruitt said if you do see any drunk drivers tonight you should call the police immediately at (270) 393-4000.