Learn About P.A.S.S. – Person Assigned to Stay Sober
know alcohol is a social reality among college-age individuals, and we want
them to develop smart planning habits if they’re going to drink,” said Douglas Stoves, Assistant Dean
of Residential Life and Auxiliary Services. “This program makes a lot of sense,
and we are pleased that TxDOT selected UTB to participate in this pilot program.”
P.A.S.S. app integrates with Facebook’s existing event-planning component,
enabling users to coordinate sober rides. Once a Facebook event has been
created through the app, friends can coordinate who will be sober drivers and see
how many openings they have in their vehicles for friends who choose to drink.
app also enables passengers to offer to compensate the sober drivers for their
time and gas money,” said Greek Council President Eva Robles, a senior
bilingual education major from Brownsville. “I think that is a great idea; the
driver has their gas covered and still has something left over for incentive.”
leaders – including officers of Student Government, the Greek fraternities and
sororities, and the many campus clubs – were briefed on the program at a
meeting held on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
from the student organizations will share the P.A.S.S. information with their
respective groups to help spread the word among the student body.
stations to acquaint students with P.A.S.S, as well as all campus organizations
and clubs, will be set up in three high traffic campus locations – the Student
Union Lawn, the Courtyard of the Education and Business Complex and the
University Boulevard Library Lawn – from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26 and Tuesday, Aug. 27.
to TxDOT, the Lower Rio Grande Valley saw 378 alcohol-related motor vehicle
traffic crashes in 2012, leading to 117 serious injuries and five fatalities.
is well known that college life often includes some events that involve
drinking,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. “In those situations, we
hope this app will encourage college students to leave the driving to someone
who has not been drinking. Crashes related to alcohol are entirely preventable,
and we feel this new technology offers yet another option to curb drunk
other schools participating in the trial P.A.S.S. program are the University of
North Texas (UNT) in Denton and Midwestern State University (MWSU) in Wichita
Falls. According to TxDOT, the selection of the three schools was based on
difference in campus size, geography within the state, and proximity to cities
of different sizes.
more information on P.A.S.S., contact Sergio Martinez, Executive Director of
Student Engagement, at 956-882-5138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.