During last year’s holiday season, approximately 1 in 4 deaths on Texas roadways was alcohol-related -- a tragic situation that the Texas Department of Transportation wants to avoid this year.
In an effort to reduce these fatalities, TxDOT's "Plan While You Can” campaign reminds drivers to make planning a sober ride part of their holiday celebrations.
“Tragically, there are many families who experience the holidays without a loved one due to a drunk driver,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “We need to remember that each time someone dies or is seriously injured on our roadways, it affects a family and an entire community. Don’t make a bad decision that could cause heartache for your family and others. Make a plan to get home safely. It could save lives.”
In 2016, there were 2,321 alcohol-related crashes in Texas during the holiday season. Those crashes killed 82 people and seriously injured another 199.
While drivers under the influence of alcohol risk killing or seriously injuring themselves or others, they also face up to $17,000 in fines and fees, jail time and loss of their driver’s license. As always, TxDOT strongly encourages everyone to plan for a sober ride before going out.
Alternatives to drinking and driving include:
--Designating a sober driver.
--Contacting a cab or ride-share service.
--Using mass transit.
--Asking a sober friend or family member for a ride home.
--Spending the night.