Alcohol-related traffic crashes in Texas were alarmingly high last football season. More than 1,700 DUI-alcohol related crashes occurred in 2013 when a Texas college or professional football team was playing. This number is a 7 percent increase over 2012, which had just over 1,600 DUI-alcohol related crashes. The dangerous trend on football game days when a Texas team is playing shows a continuous upward swing from 2011 to 2013.
To continue addressing this serious issue, TxDOT developed the 2014-2015 Football Season Impaired Driving Campaign to encourage fans to always have a game plan for a sober ride before kickoff. The campaign aims to reduce the number of DWI-related traffic crashes occurring on football game days when a Texas college or professional team is playing.
Football is a huge part of Texas culture and TxDOT wants to encourage fans to enjoy the big games, but to be responsible when it comes to game-day drinking. Fans should always make a game plan before kickoff for a safe ride. Always designate a sober driver if you plan on drinking and if you are impaired, do not drive — call a taxi, use mass transit, contact the community safe ride program or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely or simply stay where you are.