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Labor Day 2013 - Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.

On the eve of the Labor Day holiday, TxDOT is reminding Texans: if you're caught drinking and driving, you are going to jail.

Labor Day weekend is an especially dangerous time on our roads. According to TxDOT statistics, 19 people died in alcohol-related traffic accidents over the Labor Day weekend in 2012, more than double from eight in 2011.

If you are going to consume alcohol, follow the rules of the road. Do not get behind the wheel. Designate a driver, catch a bus, call a cab or someone you trust to pick you up, or, if necessary, spend the night where you are.

A DWI arrest and conviction in Texas can cost up to $17,000. Offenders must pay a long list of costs, including vehicle towing and impoundment, bail, attorney fees, court and probation fees, fees to regain or retain a driver’s license, and a hike in auto insurance premiums.

To save lives and reduce impaired driving, TxDOT is hosting outreach events and running a series of public service announcements.

Media outlets and other interested parties are free to use official campaign materials below.



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