UTPD receives alcohol education grant

UTPD receives alcohol education grant

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The University of Tennessee Police Department has received a grant from the Governor's Highway Safety Office to use for alcohol abuse prevention education and programming to reduce alcohol-related incidents on campus.

The Alcohol Education grant focuses on educating students on the risks associated with drinking and how it impacts highway safety.

The department will use a portion of the money to buy six pairs of Fatal Vision Goggles, which are used to demonstrate how alcohol use can impair vision and depth perception.

The goggles are commonly used in conjunction with a video game system to simulate how alcohol affects driving abilities and reaction time.

Campus groups that wish to request educational programming from the police department can find information on the UTPD website at http://utpolice.utk.edu.  

Beginning next Friday, the department also will begin supporting the Governor's Highway Safety Office's Seatbelts Are for Everyone (SAFE) campaign, aimed at increasing seatbelt usage across the state. UTPD will be working in conjunction with the Knoxville Police Department to provide campus programming to encourage seatbelt use. 

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