Jun 29 2011

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TxDOT: Drink, drive go to jail

The Fourth of July holiday consistently ranks as one of the deadliest holiday weekends for traffic accidents. Statistics gathered by NHTSA over the past 25 years show that, on average, about half of all deadly traffic crashes over the July Fourth holiday are related to alcohol.
Last year, in Texas there were 337 alcohol related traffic crashes over the July Fourth holiday weekend.
That’s why TxDOT, law enforcement officials, and other key partners are working together this Fourth of July and increasing their presence across the state as part of a statewide High Visibility Enforcement effort.
Texans will notice an increased presence of law enforcement officials during the Fourth of July weekend as part of an aggressive crackdown on impaired drivers. DPS and other law enforcement agencies throughout Texas have received federal grants to increase enforcement efforts over the holiday weekend.
The Fourth of July is about celebrating freedom –and if people choose to drink and drive, they stand to lose that freedom and end up in jail. If you plan on drinking make sure you have a P.A.S.S, a Person Appointed to Stay Sober.
In the state of Texas, as well as the rest of the U.S., anyone driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher is considered legally impaired. The consequences for the crime of driving while intoxicated are serious and real. Impaired drivers risk killing, disabling, disfiguring, and injuring themselves and others — sometimes their own friends and family. Along with all these potential consequences, violators also often face other significant personal and financial costs.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/KnowWhenToPass to learn more about law enforcement’s fight against impaired driving and what you can do to stay safe on the roads.

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