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March 5th, 2008
Texas State gears up for Spring Break with alcohol awareness program


The Texas State University Police Department hosted Know your Dreams, Know Your Limits, Know the Consequences Spring Break Alcohol Awareness Program on the campus quad yesterday and today.

Students unaware of the yearly event, were shocked find a ‘deadly’ car crash in the Quad during peak class hours. The crash, however, was a reenactment.

Every to year to gear up for spring break, the police department creates a fatal collision where actors reenact a situation involving drunk driving. One actor is a fatally injured and hoisted from the car by the San Marcos EMS. The other actors play the roles of those injured in the wreck, and of course, one plays the drunk driver.

The complete reenactment involves the San Marcos EMS, fire department, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

University police Sgt. Rodriguez said the program is to make people aware of the consequences of driving while they are intoxicated.

“We do the reenactment every year the week before Spring Break to put it in student’s minds that drinking and driving can end tragically,” said Rodriguez.

In addition to the staged collision, a drunk driving simulator was available for students to try their luck at drunk driving. The students wear drunk goggles and then make their way through a simulated road course.

“Students line up for the simulator every year,” said Rodriguez, “The drunk goggles are popular.”

Sgt. Rodriguez wants everyone to be safe during Spring Break 2008, and remind everyone to know their dreams, limits, and consequences of their actions.

“We want people to have fun, but be responsible if you are drinking. We want all our students, faculty, and staff to come back to campus safely.”

For more information on the DWI awareness program or tips for a safe spring break, students can contact the Community Awareness Resource Team at (512) 245-8341.

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