March is like the "perfect storm" for underage drinking. There
are a lot of colleges and universities across the great state of Texas,
March is spring break month, and Austin draws a lot of students to the
area ready to let loose for one week. Law enforcement officials in Texas
know that when college kids congregate, underage drinking is often an
issue and most of us don't make the best decisions under the influence
-- especially students.
To add to the dangers this weekend, the focus is on the holiday known for
the color green. Young adults love to dress up in green clothes, don green
hats and drink green beer. Yes, it is St. Patrick's Day this weekend.
Officials with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, local law enforcement
agencies and colleges across the state want to remind students to stay
safe this weekend.
Drunk driving is a major concern. The weekend holiday is known as one of
the days in which the risk of getting
hit by a drunk driver increases exponentially. That isn't the only danger either. For underage
students who are experiencing with alcohol, alcohol poisoning is often an issue.
A law was enacted after a student from Austin lost his life to acute alcohol
poisoning because his fraternity brothers chose not to bring him to the
hospital out of the fear that they would be charged with underage drinking,
a misdemeanor offense. This law provides a route for safe reporting of
instances of alcohol poisoning by providing immunity to the first person
who calls for help. This law also applies to emergency situations when
an underage individual reports being a victim of sexual assault or any
other violent crime.
Source: Dallas News, "For young revelers who get alcohol poisoning, a lifeline in emergencies," Scott Goldstein, March 13, 2013