Before the Labor Day holiday weekend starts, TxDOT reminds motorists: drinking and driving can bring a tragic end to your holiday.
Alcohol-related crashes are a serious problem in Texas. The state has a DUI-alcohol crash every 20 minutes and 37 seconds. Labor Day weekend is an especially dangerous time on our roads. According to TxDOT statistics, 336 people were killed and 680 were seriously injured in alcohol-related crashes last summer in Texas.
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 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.