Football is a huge part of Texas culture and TxDOT seeks to encourage fans to enjoy the big game in a responsible manner by planning ahead for a safe ride home especially when game-day drinking is involved. Unfortunately, alcohol-related traffic crashes during football season in Texas continues to increase each year. During the 2014 football season (Sept. 4, 2014 - Feb. 1, 2015), there were 10,676 alcohol-related traffic crashes in Texas. Those crashes resulted in 492 fatalities – an increase of 7 percent over the previous year.
To continue focusing on the issue of impairment, TxDOT developed the Plan While You Can Statewide Impaired Driving Football Campaign to encourage fans to kick off the game with a plan to get home safe before enjoying the football games and parties where drinking may occur. The campaign runs through Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 7, 2016) and aims to reduce the number of DWI-related traffic crashes occurring on football game days when a Texas college or professional team is playing.
TxDOT reminds fans to always make a plan for a safe ride home before the game starts. Too often a designated driver is chosen during the course of the evening and is often considered the “least drunk” person in the group. The designated driver should always be a sober driver who has not consumed any amount of alcohol. Designating a sober driver, calling a taxi, a sober friend or family member, using mass transit, or simply staying where you are are the safest ways to ensure that you do not drink and drive. You can also visit SoberRides.org to plan your ride home before the game starts and the drinking begins because drivers under the influence of alcohol could face up to $17,000 in fines, fees, and could lose their license. Follow the hashtag #PlanWhileYouCan to keep up with the campaign on social media.
Texans can help make this football season a life-saving one by remembering to make a plan to get home safely before the game kicks off because one poor decision to drink and drive could turn game time into jail time or worse. Plan While You Can this football season so you don’t Drink. Drive. Go To Jail.