'Choices' Campaign set up to decrease number of DWIs during Spring Break

ABILENE, Texas - Spring Break is quickly approaching and in an effort to keep DWI numbers down, four organizations launched the "Choices" Campaign.

The Abilene Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, TXDot, the Abilene Police Department and Hardin-Simmons University teamed up for one purpose - to encourage responsibility while drinking.

Students pledged to be responsible by putting their thumbprints on paper leaves and signing their names.

"I'm gonna make sure I have someone with me if I decide to drink and never take it for granted that it could happen to anyone," Hardin-Simmon University student Madi Jo Witherspoon said.

Chief Stan Standridge of the Abilene Police Department said driving while intoxicated is still a problem, but with the campaign, he's hoping to keep those numbers down.

"The reality is that DWI is an easily preventable crime with a simple choice, so we have go to instill in our community that they have got to make the right choice," Standridge said.

Guest speaker at the event, Philip Robinson, lost his nephew in a drunk-driving accident in 2006.

Zach Robinson was a passenger in the car of a drunk driver in Abilene; he was killed along with another young man.

Philip encourages not just students, but everyone, to think before they act because he said you will have to pay the consequences.

"Make good choices, take responsibility for your own actions, if you're underage, wait," Philip said.

If you would like more information on the Choices Campaign, click on this link.

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