TxDOT launches campaign to combat holiday drunken drivers
Aug. 20, 2014 at 5:36 p.m.
Updated Aug. 20, 2014 at 10:41 p.m.
The Texas Department of Transportation is kicking up awareness on driving under the influence.
In Texas, according to a TxDOT news release. To help lower that statistic, the department's annual "Drink. Drive. Go to Jail" campaign will remind motorists of the consequences associated with the offense that accounted for one in three roadway deaths in the state last year.
"Drinking and driving puts you and others at risk of being killed or injured," said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. "At the very least, you can face expensive fines, jail time and loss of your driver's license. It's just not worth it, and it's entirely preventable."
The statewide campaign kicked off Thursday in Houston with a carnival-inspired funhouse trailer filled with motor skills games designed to remind drivers that drinking and driving don't mix.
The campaign, which ends Sept. 1, coincides with a national increase of officers on patrol to combat drunken drivers.
Victoria Police Department will not be participating in the event this year, and while the Victoria County Sheriff's Office supports TxDOT's efforts to raise public awareness, the office does not plan on changing enforcement actions during the time period.