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Make sure you have safe plans for holiday drive

Dec. 21, 2012 at 6:21 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

As we enjoy this season's holiday festivities, on behalf of the Texas Hospitality Association, I want to remind everyone of the importance of doing so responsibly. The Texas Hospitality Association is proud to have joined the Texas Department of Transportation on the statewide Holiday P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober) campaign to prevent drunken driving.

The campaign encourages Texans to give the gift of a sober ride home and to make it easier for sober drivers to enjoy the festivities. If you know you will be consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before you start drinking. Sober drivers also make great gifts, so consider volunteering to be a sober driver for your friends and family. The Holiday P.A.S.S. campaign offers customizable sober driver "gift certificates" at TexasHospitalityAssociation.com.

Remember: A sober driver is someone who has had nothing to drink, not just the least amount. Even a small amount of alcohol can impair one's driving ability. If you are hosting a holiday event, please offer non-alcohol beverages for sober drivers. For great non-alcoholic holiday recipes, visit pinterest.com/holidaypass.

Holiday drinking and driving is a serious threat for all holiday travelers. Last holiday season, there were more than 2,400 alcohol-related traffic crashes in Texas, resulting in 842 serious injuries and 78 fatalities. This year, help keep the holidays merry for all Texans by joining the Texas Hospitality Association and the Holiday P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober) campaign to keep our roads safe.

Rick Knox, President of Texas Hospitality Association, Austin

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