Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in accidents caused by drunk drivers.
That is equivalent to one person every 48 minutes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Alcohol and Drug Committee (AoD) at South Plains College has put together Mocktail Madness, which will be held on March 5 at 5 p.m in the Sundown Room in the Student Center Building on the Levelland campus.
This is an opportunity for any clubs or organizations at SPC to raise money while educating students on the dangers of underage drinking and driving. The purpose also is to show students how to have fun without drinking and encourage safety.
“Mocktail Madness is kind of the brainchild of our Alcohol and Drug Committee on campus,” says Miranda English, director of Student Life at SPC. “We just want students to show up and have fun while looking at all the booths that are set up.”
English also explained how the AoD wanted to find a way for students to have fun without putting themselves in danger.
To participate, each organization must come up with a themed booth and serve a signature non-alcoholic “mocktail” to students. Throughout the night, students will have the opportunity to to vote for best booth and best mocktail. The winning clubs or organizations will be awarded cash prizes.
Students who attend will also be given a punch card to check the number of drinks that they’ve had throughout the night. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commision (TABC) will be monitoring the number of “mocktails” that students consume. If they decide a student has had too much much to drink, they will hand out “drunk goggles” for students to wear. Students will then have to drive a pedal car through obstacle courses.
There is no cost for students to attend, and it is a great opportunity for clubs to recruit for their organization.