On Monday March 3 outside of the Witt Center, the Trinity University Police Department (TUPD) along with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted an annual Spring Break/Alcohol Awareness Safety Tips event to promote safe drinking practices.
â€œWe are trying to get students over and get them information and safety tips on drinking, driving and staying safe,â€ said Sylvia Villarreal, TUPD communications supervisor. â€œWe want you to have fun, but at the same time just be careful. We are giving out pamphlets, talking about drinking and whatâ€™s normal whatâ€™s notâ€¦ We did this every year right before spring break, giving out hot dogs and popcorn and try to support students on campus.â€
As part of the awareness campaign members of MADD were also invited by TUPD to distribute information about underage drinking and driving under the influence.
â€œWe go to different campuses and have multiple health fairs that we attend, so if we are invited to any school functions we are definitely there,â€ said Rebecca Cantu-Aguilar â€“ Victims Services Specialist for MADD. â€œWe are trying to tell students not to drink and drive, especially when it comes to underage drinking, if you arenâ€™t of legal age, please donâ€™t do it. But mostly if they are with anyone who is drunk, please have a designated driver who is of legal age.â€
Â According to Cantu-Aguilar, MADD will be returning this April to help the university host a community fair and continue their outreach to college students. The annual pre-spring break program featured popcorn, hot dogs and beverages free for students and passers-by, as well as the â€œdrunk gogglesâ€ and other educational material.
â€œI like it. Iâ€™ve been talking to [Officer] Luis there and he has been with me since the international thing we had on the first week, and they are always around the campus promoting things like this,â€ said Chin May, first year international student. â€œHe always invites me and thereâ€™s free popcorn. Itâ€™s real nice that they have the TUPD awareness every once in a while so that we are aware of everything. [The drunk goggles] are also a great thing to promote the anti-over-drinking campaign. I donâ€™t drink, but this is a nice experience.â€