TXDOT reminds drivers to stay sober; no regrets during football season

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The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) is reminding drivers to stay sober and have no regrets during the month of October when football season is in full swing.

The Drive Sober. No Regrets campaign is a statewide initiative against impaired driving and encourages football fans to celebrate responsibly and to find a ride if impaired.

“Fall football is a time-honored tradition in our state, but one regrettable decision to drink and drive could turn game day into a jail time or a deadly crash,” TXDOT executive director Marc Williams said. “Whether fans are tailgating with friends or celebrating their team’s big win, we want everyone to enjoy the season responsibly.”

There are many sober ride options available. TXDOT asks people to designate a sober driver, call a taxi, use a rideshare service, stay put, call a friend or family member, or use mass transit to ensure Texans don’t drive impaired.

According to the transportation department, a person in Texas dies every nine hours and six minutes in a DUI-alcohol-related traffic crash. In 2020, 963 people in Texas were killed and 2,114 seriously injured because someone chose to get behind the wheel while impaired. In the Atlanta District last year, there were 341 DUI-alcohol related traffic crashes, resulting in 25 fatalities and 57 serious injuries.

Ben Scharnberg

Drinking and driving is 100% preventable and can have serious physical, emotional and financial consequences that can last for years. Not only can a DWI hurt or kill someone, it can be expensive and cause legal hassles along with struggles keeping a job.

Throughout the fall, TXDOT’s Drive Sober. No Regrets. campaign will conduct outreach events at college campuses across the state in conjunction with football season. These events will include a video exhibit, featuring video testimonials of Texans who deal with the daily consequences of drunk driving, either as an offender or survivor. These powerful stories and drunk driving facts can be found at www.facesofdrunkdriving.com.