Youth Invited to DUI Prevention Event Friday Night
INDIO – High school and college aged youth are invited to “Think Before You Drink,” a free event aimed at making teens aware of the dangers of drunk driving.
The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Taj Mahal building at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, 46-350 Arabia St. The inaugural event is being organized by high school students in Supervisor John J. Benoit’s Youth Advisory Council and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments Public Safety DUI Task Force.
“Intoxicated individuals put the lives of others at risk each time they get behind the wheel,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “With upcoming graduation celebrations and the start of summer, this is a timely, well-organized effort to help teens avert bad decisions and tragedies.”
The event aims to engage students with a prevention message they can use to influence their peers. Each attendee will have the opportunity to go through an interactive simulation, wearing DUI goggles, to visualize the risks associated with being under the influence. A pledge board will be available for teens to commit to not drink and drive.
Many DUI prevention agencies will be on hand to educate teens. Exhibitors include the California Highway Patrol, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Palm Springs Police Department, Parents and Guardians Against Driving Under the Influence (PGA DUI) Foundation, Friday Night Live and Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving (RADD).
Food will be available, and each attendee will be entered in a raffle to win tickets and gift cards to local attractions. Teens are encouraged to visit the photo booth and upload their pictures online with the Instagram hashtag “#thinkb4udrink.”
For more information, please contact Brittney Baird, Supervisor Benoit’s Youth Advisory Council Coordinator, at 760-863-8211.