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TxDOT's red sober sleigh visits Victoria

Dec. 16, 2013 at 6:16 a.m.

Monica Reyna, 21, and William Morris, 25, both of Houston, made a pledge to drive sober Monday afternoon when the Texas Department of Transportation, Victoria police officers and Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped at the new Wal-Mart on Houston Highway. The event featured a donated red limousine for the first time, which also made stops in Gonzales, Hallettsville, Yoakum and Cuero. More than 240 people throughout TxDOT's 11-county Yoakum district pledged to drive sober. Those who pledged to drive sober were entered to win a trip to New York City on New Year's Eve or the gift of a sober ride in the limousine for them or their friends in their hometown. "It is indeed a gift to ensure no lives are lost," TxDOT spokeswoman Helena Wright said.

Tshaw Beyonce, 30, a Texas Department of Transportation pledge elf, tries to get someone to pledge to drive sober during an event outside of Wal-Mart on Houston Highway on Monday afternoon. More than 240 people throughout Texas Department of Transportation's Yoakum district pledged to drive sober. This year, the event featured a donated red limousine. It also made stops in Gonzales, Hallettsville, Yoakum and Cuero. Those who pledged to drive sober were entered to win a trip to New York City on New Year's Eve or the gift of a sober ride in the limousine for them or their friends in their hometown. "It is indeed a gift to ensure no lives are lost," said Helena Wright, Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

Becky Rossman, 47, of Victoria, hands her pledge to drive sober to Lt. Jeff Meyer, of the Victoria County Sheriff's Office, on Monday afternoon. Although she does not know whether alcohol was involved, her grandfather died in a crash on Houston Highway in 1992. "I feel it (signing up) is very important," Rossman said. "I don't know if the other person (involved in my grandfather's crash) was (drunk), but I understand they were swerving and speeding." More than 240 people throughout Texas Department of Transportation's Yoakum district pledged to drive sober. Those who pledged to drive sober were entered to win a trip to New York City on New Years Eve or the gift of a sober ride in the festive red limousine for them or their friends in their hometown. "It is indeed a gift to ensure no lives are lost," TxDOT spokeswoman Helena Wright said.

Monica Reyna, 21, and William Morris, 25, both of Houston, made a pledge to drive sober Monday afternoon when the Texas Department of Transportation, Victoria police officers and Victoria County Sheriff's deputies stopped at the new Wal-Mart on Houston Highway. The longtime event featured a donated red limousine for the first time, which also made stops in Gonzales, Hallettsville, Yoakum and Cuero. More than 240 people throughout TxDOT's 11-county Yoakum district pledged to drive sober. Those who pledged to drive sober were entered to win a trip to New York City on New Years Eve or the gift of a sober ride in the limousine for them or their friends in their hometown. "It is indeed a gift to ensure no lives are lost," TxDOT spokeswoman Helena Wright said.

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