This Holiday Season, TxDOT is focusing on the issue of impaired driving by encouraging people to plan ahead for sober ride home with the Holiday P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober) campaign.
Too often a designated driver is chosen during the evening and is the "least drunk" person in the group. Also, in many of our Texas towns and cities, mass transit and/or taxi availability is limited – another important reason this campaign message is about planning ahead and reminding our fellow Texans that "Sober drivers make great gifts."
During last year’s holiday season (Dec. 1, 2013 – Jan. 1, 2014), there were 2,367 DUI-alcohol traffic crashes in Texas resulting in 763 serious injuries and 92 fatalities. While these figures are staggering, DUI traffic fatalities actually decreased 8.9 percent compared with the same time frame the previous year.
Texans can help make the holidays merry and bright all season long by giving the gift of a sober drive home. Remember, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but one poor decision to drink and drive could bring a devastating end to holiday celebrations.