BALLINGER– Focusing in reducing the impaired driving among local and area youth, regional law enforcement officers assisted to a training course held on Tuesday, March 12, at the Fire Department Annex Building in Ballinger, Texas.

FRIDAY — Focus on Reducing Impaired Driving Among Youth — is a program that provides law enforcement officers with all the tools necessary to reduce underage drinking in Texas.

The FRIDAY program has been developed under the guidance of law enforcement officers, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, school district officers, the Texas Department of Transportation and staff from the Texas Municipal Police Association.

Among those attending the course were Ballinger Police Department officers, Runnels County Sheriff’s Deputies, Miles Police Department officers, Winters Police Department officers and Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers.

The 8-hour course trains law enforcement officers on the impaired driving problem among the youth, regulations and penalties for establishments, gives comprehensive underage drinking information, helps them to identify counterfeit identification, and provides tips about investigative techniques and preventive measures.

Officers who attend and successfully complete the course are eligible for 8 hours of TCLEOSE credit.