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Safe driving stressed with Sober Ride Sleigh program

Dec. 14, 2013 at 6:14 a.m.


Sober Rides Sleigh Schedule

Monday

• Gonzales 8:45-9:45 a.m.

8:45-9:15 a.m. - Gonzales County Sheriff's Office, 1713 E. Sarah DeWitt Drive, for photos and interviews

9:15-9:30 a.m. - Greet and engage public at Gonzales H-E-B parking lot, 1841 St. Matthew St.

9:30-9:45 a.m. - Greet and engage public at Gonzales Wal-Mart parking lot, 1620 N. Sarah DeWitt Drive

9:45 a.m. - Depart from Gonzales Wal-Mart and travel to Hallettsville

• Hallettsville 10:30-11:15 a.m.

10:30-10:45 a.m. - Lavaca County Courthouse, 109 N. La Grange St., for photos/interviews

10:45-11 a.m. - Greet and engage with public at Hallettsville High School, 302 N. Ridge St.

11 to 11:15 a.m. - Greet and engage with public at Sacred Heart Catholic High School, 313 S. Texana Drive

11:15 a.m. - Depart and travel to Yoakum

• Yoakum 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

11:45 a.m.-noon - Greet and engage with public at H-E-B, 201 W. Gonzales St.

Noon-12:45 p.m. - Greet and engage with public at Yoakum Shopping Center

12:45 p.m. - Depart shopping center

• Cuero 1:50-2:30 p.m.

1:50-2 p.m. - Cuero Police Department, 201 E. Main St for photos/interviews

2-2:15 p.m. - Greet and engage with public at H-E-B, 1161 N. Esplanade St.

2:15-2:30 p.m. - Greet and engage public at Wal-Mart, 1202 E Broadway St.

2:30 p.m. - Depart Wal-Mart and travel to Victoria

• Victoria 3-5 p.m.

3-3:45 p.m. - Greet and engage public at the Victoria Mall, 7800 N. Navarro St., mall entrance near Casa Ole

3:45-4:15 p.m. - Greet and engage public at H-E-B, 1505 E. Rio Grande St.

4:15-5 p.m. - Greet and engage with public at Wal-Mart, 4001 Houston Highway

5 p.m. - Depart from Victoria

Before heading off to a holiday party or event, people often forget to arrange a sober ride home for themselves, friends, loved ones or colleagues. This holiday season, Texas Department of Transportation is asking Texans to literally get on board with a message that can save lives.

People in 15 cities across the state will be invited to climb inside the Sober Ride Sleigh, a donated limousine decked out in holiday colors and sporting a giant bow on the roof. The sleigh will make stops at shopping malls and holiday-related events, in which people can pledge to arrange for and accept sober rides during the holidays, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Transportation.

The Sober Ride Sleigh will be in Victoria on Monday afternoon. It will also visit Gonzales, Cuero, Yoakum and Hallettsville.

People can go to soberrides.org to learn how they can enter to win a grand prize - a trip to New York City to celebrate New Year's Eve. There is also the opportunity to win a limousine ride on New Year's Eve in any Texas community.

During last year's holiday season, 776 traffic crashes by people driving while intoxicated occurred in Texas, causing 78 fatalities. The number of fatalities increased by 21.8 percent from the previous year, according to the news release.

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