Law enforcement stresses ‘Plan While You Can’ Spring Break safety campaign to VC students
Spring Break Bash
Victoria Police Department Assistant Chief John Ray speaks to Victoria College students on Tuesday, March 7 during VC’s Spring Break Bash at the Student Center.

Local law enforcement promoted the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Plan While You Can” campaign on Tuesday, March 7, encouraging Victoria College students to drive safely during next week’s Spring Break.

Representatives from the Victoria Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and Victoria County Sheriff’s Office attended Victoria College’s Spring Break Bash event at the Student Center to make students aware that they will be patrolling in full force next week.

“We are joining the Texas DPS and the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office with increased DWI enforcement,” said Victoria Police Department Assistant Chief John Ray. “We ask all students who are about to hit the road to have a plan and be aware of their surroundings.”

“Spring Break is a very busy time of the year for us,” said Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Ruben San Miguel. “We want the public to know that the Texas DPS along with our sister agencies are going to be out with increased patrols. We won’t only be looking for DWIs, but we’ll also be doing traffic enforcement – speed, seat belts as well as DWIs.”

Ray said the Victoria area is a “funnel point” for traffic heading different directions during spring break.

“We would like to encourage the citizens of Victoria that if they see what appears to be an intoxicated driver to please call,” said Ray. “One of our agencies will readily send an officer to investigate.”

“We want to make it very clear, especially to students, that planning is important,” San Miguel said. “Know where you are going and how you are getting there. If you drink, don’t drive and if you drive, don’t drink. The buddy system is something we promote.”

Representatives from DeTar Healthcare System, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service were at the event to provide information on first aid and the dangers of impaired driving. VPD officers let students try to walk while wearing alcohol impairment simulation goggles. Approximately 50 VC students attended the event.

“We want our students to have fun and relax over the Spring Break but also to be careful and be safe as they go out and enjoy spring break,” VC Police Chief Felix Appelt said. “We want them to make good choices.”

Spring Break Bash
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Ruben San Miguel chats with a VC student during Tuesday's Spring Break Bash.
Spring Break Bash
Victoria College students had the opportunity to learn about the hazards of driving while texting with this simulator at VC’s Spring Break Bash on Tuesday, March 7 at the Student Center.
Published: Wednesday, 08 March 2017

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