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News Release
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Municipal Courts Celebrates Alcohol Awareness, Distracted Driving Month

HOUSTON – The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department will host the Watch Ur BAC Alcohol Awareness Program at the Herbert W. Gee Municipal Courthouse located in Downtown Houston, Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., in observance of April as both Alcohol Awareness and Distracted Driving Month. The public is invited to participate in several activities designed to educate drivers about the effects drinking has on driving, as well as to better understand the dangers and consequences of distracted driving.

April is Alcohol Awareness month, and as part of our ongoing efforts to meet the public’s need for education in public safety, we have invited Watch Ur BAC to bring their alcohol awareness program to the City of Houston Municipal Courts,” stated the Honorable Barbara E. Hartle, Director and Presiding Judge of the Municipal Courts Department.

The Watch Ur Bac campaign is a free, grant-funded program available through Texas AgriLife Extension Service. It is specifically designed to teach Texans about the dangers of alcohol misuse, including binge drinking, alcohol poisoning and impaired driving. The program’s name refers to the blood alcohol concentration (BAC), which is used to measure the degree of intoxication of an individual.A display will be set up to inform adults and youth of the amounts of alcohol by volume that is contained in beer, wine and liquor.

A DWI Simulator will be used to demonstrate the effect of alcohol on driving skills. Through a video game atmosphere, drivers experience obstacles and hazards to simulate those that one might encounter if driving intoxicated. To further duplicate the effect of alcohol on one’s vision, Fatal Vision© goggles are also worn by the driver during the simulation. Together, these resources mimic the impairment of drunk driving, while the user remains safely onsite at the courthouse.

The program display and simulator will be set up in the first floor lobby of the Herbert W. Gee Municipal Courthouse at 1400 Lubbock, along with representatives from the Municipal Court’s Department, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.), HPD Traffic Enforcement DWI Taskforce. The event is open to the public.

For more information about the Watch Ur BAC program, call 979-862-1911.  For more information about the City of Houston Municipal Courts, visit their website at

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