Central Texas College is encouraging students to enjoy spring break responsibly during an annual safety event today on the Killeen campus.

“Students have completed their mid-terms and finals and they want to get out and have fun, but sometimes that fun centers around alcohol and drugs,” said Gerald Mahone-Lewis, director of the Substance Abuse Resource Center, which hosts the event with the college’s student life, risk management and campus police departments. “We wanted to encourage them to be responsible, so they can return safely to campus when spring break is over.”

In addition to offering students information on drug and alcohol abuse, the event also includes two “DWI simulators” — a car provided by the AgriLife Extension Office of Texas A&M University and a motorcycle simulator called the SMARTrainer.

“A lot more people are going out and getting on motorcycles because of high fuel prices,” Mahone-Lewis said. “We wanted to address that.”

Both of the simulators emulate driving conditions and scenarios at different levels of intoxication, allowing drivers to see how a few drinks can affect their ability to drive.

Campus police will be on hand to give students mock field sobriety tests. Students can wear “drunk goggles” to simulate the effect of intoxication.

“It’s a chance for them to see just how dangerous (drinking and driving) can be,” Mahone-Lewis said.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Anderson Campus Center, Building 156.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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