TxDOT Encourage Sober Driving: New Campaign to PASS the Keys
Texans love their summers. Whether it’s a barbecue in the back yard, tubing or kayaking down a river, swimming in a pool or a day at the beach, summertime in Texas can be a lot of fun. But when someone drinks and gets behind the wheel of a car, the fun can, quite literally, be over in a heartbeat. The Texas Drunk Driving Injury Lawyers are all too familiar with the dangers of drunken driving and are encouraged by a new campaign by the Texas Department of Transportation.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is keenly aware of this, so it’s embarked on the Person Appointed to Stay Sober, or PASS, campaign to make sure that, when Texans plan their summer outings, they include a sober driver in any plan in which drinking is involved.
There are actually two problems at work here.
One is that three people die every hour on Texas roadways in crashes involving a driver who is under the influence of alcohol. Worse, between 2008 and 2012, summer alcohol fatalities – those that occur between June 1 and August 31 – have increased more than 10%. Last year during that time, Texas saw 6,576 traffic accidents caused by alcohol, which caused 2,486 serious injuries and 302 fatalities. Keep in mind, those numbers don’t include Memorial Day or Labor Day weekends.
The other problem is that too many people don’t think they’re too drunk to drive. Based on a survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of every five drivers thinks it’s safe to have three or more drinks within the space of two hours and then get behind the wheel. Some even claimed they could drive safely after five drinks. This, of course, is incredibly wrong, as a number of studies have demonstrated that having as little as one drink can cause impairment.
That’s why TxDOT is campaigning to make sure Texans get a summer PASS and make sure there is at least one person in every group who has zero drinks. They are not only pleading with them to consider the consequences should they cause an accident, they’re also reminding them the financial costs of driving under the influence, which can run into the tens of thousands of dollars in some cases. And that’s even if you don’t cause an accident and/or get sued.
Anytime someone decides to drive drunk, it’s considered negligence, from a legal standpoint, and the victim may be entitled to compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed because someone decided to drive drunk, contact the experienced Texas Drunk Driving Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm today.