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There were 33 fatalities due to driving while intoxicated last year in Travis County. Two of those victims were under 21 years old.

This has area students promoting awareness so they don't become part of the statistics. Del Valle High School men's and women's basketball teams will be wearing red Tuesday during their games.

It is all in support of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving goal of ending drinking and driving accidents.

They are not just preparing for an average game; this one has the potential to make an impact off the court.

"To us it's a big deal," said Tytiauna Goode, a Del Valle High school senior. "I mean, we are the future, if we say today, 'this isn't going to be us, we aren't going to drink and drive,' well it may not affect an adult now but it can affect the future. It won't just keep going on and on."

That is the message seniors at Del Valle High School are learning through the GET RED awareness program. It started eight years ago and continues to grow.

"Travis County has a high rate of DWI when you compare statistics of Mothers Against Drunk Driving compared to other places in the state. Unfortunately Travis County sometimes does not fully prosecute those items, so we want to raise the awareness of drinking and driving and the effects," says Coach Steven Alves, women's basketball, Del Valle High School.

It is the first year they have incorporated wearing red uniforms during a game. By doing this, they hope to raise awareness about the drinking and driving fatalities that go on between Thanksgiving and the first of the year. This event is not just for the students, they are hoping to reach the community.

"Research has shown that once parents engage in conversation to their teen about underage drinking, and drinking and driving, there's a 30 percent decrease in teens actually using alcohol until they're 21," said Angela Tidwell, law enforcement specialist, M.A.D.D.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving will be speaking to parents about how to communicate with their children before a problem starts.

More than one thousand Texas drivers, under the age of 21, were involved in an alcohol-related crash in 2012.

That is a scary statistic for Tytiauna Goode.

"I just started driving, so when I get on the road I have to be really careful. I don't know what the person in the lane next to me is going to do. So any day I get on the road I can lose my life, it's scary."

If you want to come out and show your support Tuesday evening, the women's varsity game starts at 6:45 versus Marble Falls.

The men's varsity starts at 8:00 versus Stony Point.

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