TxDOT Promotes Sober Driving Message

TxDOT Promotes Sober Driving Message

Every year, thousands of individuals are injured or killed because of drinking and driving.TxDot, with their new “Fan Van,” was promoting sober driving at Shotwell Stadium, the location of the UIW-ACU game.On game days, particularly with college and Professional teams, individuals are use to hosting tail-gate parties. When those parties are over, sometimes individuals will leave after drinking too much. They may not realize how impaired they are. TxDot demonstrated this by letting us put on a pair of goggles that simulated a person with alcohol in their system. Several individuals, including myself, tried to throw the football on target. We were off quite a bit. The ironic part is that we didn’t feel wobbly or impaired, but we certainly were. {{more}}Taylor Waters, a freshman Business Management major from Oakgrove, CA, said this concerning drunk driving, “You should not do it if you want to live.” Ian Compton, a catcher for the ACU baseball team, took the test. He just shook his head after his throws missed the target.In 2012, 1,612 DUI-alcohol traffic crashes occurred in Texas on football game days when a Texas college or professional team was playing, causing 57 deaths. In Abilene, there were 24 DUI-alcohol traffic crashes in 2012 on football game days when a Texas college or professional team was playing, compared with 25 alcohol-related traffic crashes in 2011. Jill Collett, TxDOT District Traffic Safety Coordinator, and Carl Spencer, Experimental Marketing Producer, a TxDot Partner. They were promoting the Sober Driving Message. Photo by Floyd MillerFor more information, contact TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@txdot.gov or 463-8700.