San Antonio.- email@example.com The spring time, specifically March, account for 26 percent of all the alcohol-related accidents on Texas roadways, according to the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) latest research.
Last Friday, TxDOT launched its “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” event in San Antonio and will continue to other Texas cities including South Padre Island, Houston, Dallas, El Paso and Austin.
TxDOT’s latest campaign is to raise awareness during the month of March and Spring Break. More than any other time of the year law enforcement sees high level of alcohol related cases according to Mona Lisa Zertuche, a traffic safety specialist for TxDOT, because more people are traveling and school is out for students during this time.
Over the past two years the San Antonio Police Department has arrested 3,290 people just during the week of Spring Break, according to Chief William McManus.
“When fun and relaxation turn into intoxication that is unacceptable,” said Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.
“Be responsible, make the right choices and plan ahead in order to be safe on the roads because fun can be translated into intoxication manslaughter if the wrong choices are made,” Pamerleau added.
It is no secret that DWI’s are an issue in San Antonio, so much so that even the county’s own sheriff’s office has it’s issues and implemented a policy which allows deputies and their family members to receive free cab rides when intoxicated.
For us more common folk, TxDOT recommends to get a P.A.S.S., Person Appointed to Stay Sober, to drive when alcohol and driving are involved.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that people tend to underestimate the blood alcohol content (BAC) when drinking alcohol, hence TxDOT’s message “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”