The Pledge for Life was created by Dr. John Knight and CeASAR researchers in 2016. The Pledge for Life is designed to keep young adults age 18+ safe from either driving after drinking, accepting a ride from an impaired driver, or walking home alone. It asks young adults to identify 3 friends or family members willing to serve as a ‘committed other’. The designated ‘committed other’ agrees to help the young adult get home safely if called.

The Pledge for Life is a part of a current research study. Forthcoming research will show the effectiveness of this tool in keeping young adults safe and avoiding harmful situations.

The Pledge for Life was modified from the Contract for Life, created by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). For more information about their organization, please visit

Pledge for Life (English)