2012-12-20 / Front Page

Troopers out in force to halt holiday DWIs

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.

As Texans are planning to celebrate the holidays, the Texas Department of Transportation is launching a holiday campaign with a renewed focus on the importance of planning for a sober ride home. TxDOT’s Holiday P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober) cam- paign encourages Texans to give the gift of a sober ride and make it easier for sober drivers to enjoy the festivities without drinking alcohol.

“Texans can help make the holidays joyful all season long by giving the gift of a sober ride home or by offering a non-alcoholic drink option at their holiday parties,” said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. “Safety is a top priority for us at Tx- DOT and we’re asking Texans to make a commitment to safe, sober driving this holiday season.”

Holiday drinking and driving poses a serious threat for all holiday travelers on the road. During last year’s holiday season there were 2,462 alcohol-related traffic crashes in Texas, resulting in 842 serious injuries and 78 fatalities.

Beginning Friday, Dec. 21, law enforcement officers throughout the state will work thousands of additional hours to crack down on drunk driving, including implementing norefusal programs in many jurisdictions. The increased enforcement period runs through Jan. 1, 2013.

For tips on planning ahead for sober drivers and safe rides after holiday festivities, and for gourmet recipes for non-alcoholic drinks, visit the Holiday P.A.S.S. Facebook page at www.facebook.com/txdot or the Pinterest page at www.pinterest.com/holidaypass.

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