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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

TxDOT Urges Drivers to P.A.S.S.

Weekends of any month are among the most dangerous time for drivers --- according to Texas --- there is an increase in alcohol-related crashes during this time. Which is why Texas is launching a new campaign: on weekends where drinking is expected, always remember getting a P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober)

In 2009, 30.9 percent of the total traffic fatalities in Texas were alcohol-related. While drinking and driving is outlawed everywhere, some people still continue to do it. 54 percent of drivers involved in alcohol-related crashes were in the ages between 18 and 34, making young adults the highest age group affected by impaired driving.

"Our message on weekends, and every day, is clear: do not drink and drive." said Carol T. Rawson, P.E., TxDOT's Traffic Operations Division Director. The P.A.S.S. Campaign is being put into place in order to lower incidents of alcohol-related impaired driving on weekends. Along with this, law enforcement is being ramped up to focus on catching intoxicated drivers during weekends.

It's a Friday --- or actually, on any day --- remember to get a P.A.S.S. if drinking is going to be involved.

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