SAN ANTONIO -

Many San Antonio students attended a texting and underage drinking awareness program hosted by the San Antonio Fire Department at the San Antonio Training Academy.

Last year, the SAFD implemented a DUI Educational Program with mandatory attendance required by all employees.

The importance of this type of information prompted development of a sister program geared toward the teenage children of our firefighters and paramedics.

The one hour program, presented by SAFD personnel, outlines the dangers of underage drinking and texting while driving, prompting safe behavior behind the wheel.

17-year-old Tyler Vacek put on beer goggles and discovered , “it'd be a lot harder to drive safely as if you didn't drink.”

Chief Charles Hood said, “a lot of times you don't listen to your parents but maybe you'll listen to us or some other figure of authority.”

The program also stressed the dangers of texting while driving. Students were shown how distracted drivers caused deadly accidents.

In San Antonio, if you’re caught texting and driving you will get a ticket. That ticket will cost you $200.

Some students who attended the event will now think twice before getting behind the wheel to text or drive.

14-year-old Clayton Vacek said he does it, “probably take my keys away , probably won't be driving for a while.”