Please join the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in urging all Texans to line up a Weekend P.A.S.S. – Person Appointed to Stay Sober – in advance of a night out drinking alcohol.
To help increase awareness of this important strategy, a variety of materials — print, electronic and web-based — are available on this page to distribute throughout your community.
While all 50 states have made it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, many people, especially young adults, continue to get behind the wheel after drinking.
• In 2009, 30.9 percent of the total traffic fatalities in Texas were caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol, according to TxDOT.
• Alcohol-related crashes are highest among young adults: 54 percent of impaired drivers killed in crashes were between the ages of 18 and 34.
• According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20 percent of young adults reported having driven a vehicle within two hours of drinking alcohol in the past year.
• The number of fatal crashes in which alcohol is involved is more than double on the weekends than during the week (NHTSA).
The downloads on this page include public service announcements for radio and newspaper, online ads and banners, posters and information cards. They remind Texans to plan ahead.
– If you are planning to drink alcohol with friends, designate a sober driver before going out – don’t wait until the end of the night to choose the “most sober” driver. A sober driver is someone who has had ZERO alcohol.
– If you are impaired, do not drive.
- Call a taxi, use mass transit, call a sober friend or family member, or stay put.
- Take advantage of your community’s safe ride home.
– If you see someone who is about to get behind the wheel or on a motorcycle after they’ve been drinking, take their keys, and find them a sober ride.
For more information or printed materials, contact firstname.lastname@example.org