Spring break is a particularly dangerous and deadly time on Texas roadways. Each Spring Break, hundreds of young, promising lives are cut short due to the fateful decision to get behind the wheel and drive drunk. In an effort to stop this deadly trend and save lives, the Texas Department of Transportation has launched a statewide “Plan While You Can” campaign to urge college students and young adults to avoid a crash and plan for a sober ride.
In 2015, there were 13,563 crashes in Texas involving young drivers (17-34 years of age) who were driving under the influence of alcohol, which led to 1,286 serious injuries and 531 fatalities. During the 2015 Spring Break period, there were 459 DUI-alcohol crashes involving young drivers (17-34 years of age) who were driving under the influence of alcohol, which led to 43 serious injuries and 16 fatalities.
The College and Young Adult Impaired Driving campaign’s purpose is to caution young adults to think twice before they drink and drive and also serves to remind those under 21 that it’s illegal to consume any amount of alcohol. Drivers under the influence of alcohol can face up to $17,000 in fines and fees, jail time and could lose their license.
We encourage Spring Breakers to plan for a sober ride before the party starts by finding safe alternatives to drinking and driving such as calling a taxi or using a transportation app on their smartphones, using mass transit, asking a sober friend or family member for a ride, or simply staying where you are. Visit SoberRides.org for a full list of alternatives.
Drink. Drive. Go To Jail.