Underage Drinking and Other Drugs Prevention Program Coming to BNHS

Posted by April Reiling on Nov 10, 2014
Tags: BNHS, Community, Events, Public Safety, Town News, TCPD, Schools

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service presents the 'Watch UR BAC program’ — November 19 & 20

The Watch UR BAC (pronounced “Watch Your Back,”) program teaches students about alcohol misuse, dangers of impaired driving, and friends watching out for friends. The team will be at Byron Nelson High School in the Northwest ISD on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 and will be conducting educational programs for students during lunch periods.  Parents and other adults are invited to a program the evening of November 20 from 7:00 p.m. at the Lecture Hall to learn about underage drinking and other drug trends and the laws around providing alcohol to a minor or hosting a party for minors.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), teaches Texans about the dangers of alcohol misuse —including binge drinking and alcohol poisoning and other drug trends, as well as the dangers of impaired driving. In 2012, 1,099 Texans were killed in alcohol-related crashes and tens of thousands were injured.

Binge drinking is a continuing problem in Texas, and most who binge drink do not know the amount and effects of the alcohol they are consuming. The program informs adults and youth of various types of alcohol and the amount of alcohol by volume that is contained in alcoholic beverages.

A DWI prevention simulator is used to demonstrate the effect of alcohol on driving skills. Through a video game atmosphere, drivers experience obstacles and hazards to simulate what might happen if driving impaired. Fatal Vision© goggles, which distort vision, are worn by the driver during the simulation experience to further duplicate the effect of alcohol on one’s vision.