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November 6 – One Flag – One Life – League City

The Bay Area Council On Drugs and Alcohol, Inc. (BACODA) hosted the One Flag – One Life event in partnership with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Department of State Health Services, Litarodi, Houston-Galveston Area Council, United Way of Galveston County, Texas National Guard, American Legion Unit 554 of League City, Galveston County Judge James Yarbrough, League City Police Department, City of League City, Galveston County and Harris County Sheriff’s Offices.

ONE FLAG – ONE LIFE is an American Flag Healing Field® Event
An event meant to bring awareness to lives lost as a result of drinking and driving. An amazing and sobering sight; there are 1,551 3ft X 5ft U.S. flags flown in memory of each individual that was killed in an alcohol related motor-vehicle crash in the State of Texas in 2009. The acres of red, white, and blue serve as a visual reminder of the deadly consequences of drinking and driving.

Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Shelly Higgins, of BACODA-Bay Area Council On Drugs & Alcohol, Inc.

This Healing Field is open to the public from November 6-11th,, 9 am – 6 pm
Location: Walter Hall Park, 807 Hwy. 3 N, League City, Texas

Message: Yearly Texas leads the nation in alcohol related crash fatalities. State and national laws have strengthened in an effort to address the DWI epidemic, but it’s slow work. Driver’s license suspensions, increased enforcement through “No Refusal” Operations, and community-based approaches, have all proven effective in stemming the DWI problem—but not eradicating it. The most effective prevention of drinking and driving is made by drivers themselves. We must take individual responsibility for ending these tragic statistics. By working with our local judges, law enforcement, and community organizations through enforcement and education we plan to make a positive impact. We strongly encourage responsible drinking. We hope after this educational component that before a person gets behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol they will think twice about the consequences. We hope they will choose to make the right decision and prevent senseless deaths.

History: The Healing Field® started as a temporary, visual memorial for the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, and has evolved into commemorative events for other causes. BACODA helps individuals, families and communities stop alcohol and drug abuse through awareness, education, intervention and referral. BACODA is a non-profit 501(c)3 United Way agency that has provided substance abuse prevention and intervention services for over 30 years. For more information please visit www.bacoda.org. For more info: Shelly Higgins, 713-478-0421, Media Coordinator, BACODA

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