AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - TxDOT is alerting spring breakers about the deadly, long-term consequences of drinking and driving.
While drivers under the influence of alcohol risk killing or seriously injuring themselves or others, they also face up to $17,000 in fines and fees, jail time and loss of their driver’s license.
SoberRides.org suggests designating a sober driver or calling someone for a sober ride home, contacting a cab or ride-share service, using mass transit or spending the night.
“Drinking alcohol and driving can severely impact a young person’s future. Many promising lives are cut short due to the poor decision to drink alcohol and drive,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “We urge young drivers to make responsible choices during the Spring Break holiday. Before heading out, please plan ahead for a sober ride to ensure you get to and from your destination safely.”
Last year’s Spring Break in Texas, included 444 crashes involving young drivers who were driving under the influence of alcohol. Those crashes killed 11 people and seriously injured another 37.