Law enforcement will be on the lookout for drunken drivers through the holiday weekend.
Ryan Lafontaine from the Texas Department of Transportation visited Good Day Wednesday morning to talk about a campaign meant to save lives.
“It’s almost as if people have a sense of invincibility… it can’t happen to me or I’m a good drunk driver,” he said. “That’s impossible and it is a very serious situation, especially these times of year.”
Last year in Texas 21 people were killed and 42 were seriously injured in 388 alcohol-related crashes over the Labor Day weekend. In 2013, Texas led the nation in deaths caused by drunken drivers.
Lafontaine said encouraged people to look for a sober ride – call a cab, use mass transportation, get a ride from a friend or just stay put. TxDOT has set up a website that can help.
“The big thing is you have to make a plan before you leave to go out that night. Especially in the Metroplex, we have all kinds of options,” he said.
LINKS: SoberRides.org and FacesofDrunkDriving.org