Hispanic Impaired Driving
AUSTIN, January 8, 2015 - Each year the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) sponsors a statewide campaign to raise awareness in the Hispanic community about the dangers of drinking and driving and to promote sober driver designation. Over 30 percent of the state's population is Hispanic.
Alcohol-related crashes are a serious problem in Texas. In 2013, there were 25,158 DUI-alcohol crashes. About one third of all the state's annual traffic-related fatalities are caused by drinking and driving. Among young male drivers, ages 17 to 34, Hispanics accounted for nearly half (47 percent) of all crashes where drivers were under the influence of alcohol. We also have a growing Hispanic population in Texas that may not be aware of our drunk-driving laws.
TxDOT's public service announcements remind Hispanic Texans that drinking and driving is a serious offense:
- 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 no alcohol to drink.
- If you are impaired, do not drive. Call a taxi, use mass transit, call a sober friend or family member or stay put.
- If you see someone about to get behind the wheel or on a motorcycle after they’ve been drinking, take their keys and find them a sober ride.