HOUSTON – Celebrating the holidays with friends and family should be a joyous time of year for everyone. Too often, however, the holiday season turns tragic because someone chooses to get behind the wheel after drinking.
Last year, Texas saw 48,641 traffic crashes occur during the holiday season (i.e.- Dec. 1, 2021, through Jan. 1, 2022) which resulted in 433 fatalities and 1,695 serious injuries. Almost a quarter of those deaths—23%— were DUI-alcohol related, with 98 people killed and 236 people seriously injured in drunk driving crashes.
With all of this in mind, TxDOT is launching its statewide “Drive Sober. No Regrets” campaign today, in an effort to remind drivers why finding a sober ride is so important and to never get behind the wheel after drinking, either over the holidays or other times of year.