Statewide Alcohol Awareness Event Encourages Sober Rides, Safe Spring Break

Published: March 04, 2015

Statewide Alcohol Awareness Event Encourages Sober Rides, Safe Spring Break

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Area law enforcement agencies joined Texas Department of Transportation representatives to kick-off a spring break alcohol awareness campaign aimed at educating young adults and college students about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The event, held on March 3, on the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus, focused on the message, “DWI Hangovers Don’t Go Away.”

“All of us here at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are proud to be a part of this event,” said Dr. Don Albrecht, A&M-Corpus Christi’s Vice President for Student Engagement and Success. “Our campus community strives to ensure students make safe choices, not just during spring break but all year round.”

Members of Islander Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team, dubbed I-ADAPT, and Islanders Teaching, Engaging and Motivating, a group of peer educators known as I-TEAM, were on hand for the event.

Outreach teams on Segways interacted with students throughout the day, passing out information, backpacks, and lip balm.

The campus will continue the message of safe spring break with Wild and Wacky Wednesday on March 11 at 11 a.m. on the University Center, east lawn. Student organizations and departments will host games and activities, along with free food, inflatables and loads of giveaways.

According to a state news release, of the 24,175 impaired-driving crashes in Texas last year, 54 percent involved drivers age 17-34 under the influence of alcohol. During spring break 2013 and 2014, Texas saw more than 30 deaths each year as a result of drinking and driving.

In Corpus Christi in 2014, there were 206 impaired-driving vehicle traffic crashes involving young drivers (17-34 years of age) under the influence of alcohol. Those crashes resulted in 28 serious injuries and seven fatalities.