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Tackling Game Day Drinking and Driving

Maxine Ridling
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - More and more drunk drivers are going to jail and State Troopers say football season may have something to do with it. Football game days are among the heaviest days for alcohol consumption.

It's the thing to do on Friday and Saturday nights in the Panhandle. While the gridiron contest may be all fun and games, State Troopers say what many choose to do afterwards is anything but.

"It's a social environment people like to watch the games together, and of course there is alcohol consumed at these events," State Trooper Gabriel Medrano said.

It's expected for players on the field to get hammered but when you're sitting in the stands statistics show it's not a good idea. According to a recent study, 6% of all crashes last year were on days when a Texas team was playing. About 38% of all crashes that had alcohol has a contributing factor occur during the months that football is going on

Now the state plans to tackle the issue head on.

"The troopers that are out on the roads know their specific counties and know their roads and know exactly where they need to work," Trooper Medrano says, "And of course during the weekends they are especially alert because of drinking and driving."

Nearly half of those who drink at a football watching party say they drove home afterwards.

"People just need to take into consideration that while they are enjoying the game and while they are drinking alcohol just remember that we need to be concerned for our own safety," Trooper Medrano said.

If you are convicted of a DUI you can pay a fine of up to $2,000.00, lose your drivers license for up to a year, and serve 180 days behind bars.

Make sure a designated receiver has your back... Before the game begins.


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