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Tyler Junior College is inviting the public this week to participate in safety awareness events leading up to spring break.        

The awareness is focused around the possible consequences that come from texting or drinking and driving.

TJC has offered a variety of hands-on activities this week to educate people on the importance of making good decisions when it comes to driving. They even got creative, having students experience first hand how drinking can impact their motor skills.

Tyler Police brought what they call, "Beer Goggles" as a hands-on tutorial. It blurs your vision, causes dizziness, and makes it hard to keep your balance.  Tyler Junior College is offering hands on experience like this to give a message.

"Over spring break it's a very popular time to vacation, so they are in the car and they're likely looking to have a good time which can sometimes mean consumption of alcohol. It's important to take advantage of this opportunity to keep our students safe," says TJC Coordinator Jackie France.

TJC students Delaney Bentley and Jernecia Price say they believe the spring break safety week is a good way to teach students the danger of texting or drinking while driving.

"We live in a world where everything is all about now and current and what is the fastest and we can get everything now. I think in people's minds when they get a text message they want to reply now because we are in a fast moving society, and that's just how we work," says Bentley.

The organization MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, offered students a chance to learn more about roadway safety through a quiz game.

"A lot of people when they do things they don't think about the consequences that come with them. They think about having fun but not the harm that comes after it. I don't think they know these things. I think this is a great opportunity for them to see that and experience it," says Price.

By using hands on games,puzzles, and activities, TJC hopes the students will remember to be safe over spring break.

The awareness of spring break safety continues into Wednesday evening. The school is having guest speaker, Brent Scarpo, discuss 'Addictions' at 7 p.m. at the Wise Cultural Arts Building.

It is free to attend, and open to the public.

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