Students can walk the line in mock sobriety test

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Officer Charlie McLennen with the ACCD crime prevention unit assists nursing sophomore Gianina Ledesme as she attempts to maintain her balance using simulator goggles. The goggles are part of an Alcohol and Drug Awareness event today in Loftin to inform students of the effects of drunk driving. Ledesme said she "definitely will not try drinking and driving." Photo by Melissa Perreault

Officer Charlie McLennen with the ACCD crime prevention unit assists nursing sophomore Gianina Ledesme as she attempts to maintain her balance using simulator goggles. The goggles are part of an Alcohol and Drug Awareness event today in Loftin to inform students of the effects of drunk driving. Ledesme said she “definitely will not try drinking and driving.” Photo by Melissa Perreault

By T. L. Hupfer

Today the Alamo Colleges Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is pairing with the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse to inform students about outcomes of abuse.

The event will be 10 a.m.-noon in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.

Charlie McLennan, crime prevention officer, said Police Chief Don Adams sent a mass email to students, faculty and staff so McLennan expects a good turnout.

He said a few organizations have called about the event and wanted to participate, such as the office of student life.

He said the police department is bringing intoxication goggles, which allow someone to experience what it feels like to be intoxicated, and there will be a line for students to walk on so they can pretend they’re taking a sobriety test.

He said a person from his organization would be bringing their own materials for attendees to see as well but was not sure which ones specifically.

The police department will be passing out pamphlets about alcohol and drugs and their effects on the body.

McLennan said the event is usually longer but because they want to have the event before spring break they had to fit it in between other events.

“We want them (students) to think about it for spring break so someone doesn’t get hurt or get in trouble,” he said.

According to www.dfnc.org, there were 20,000 fake IDs confiscated in Panama City and Daytona, Fla., during the 2012 four-week spring break period along with 2,000 arrests.

For more information about SACADA, visit www.sacada.org.

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