TxDOT Pushes for a P.A.S.S.

Friday, June 8, 2012 - 1:00pm

Drinking and driving don't mix and the summer months tend to be the deadliest time for alcohol related accidents.

News center 23's Na’Tassia Finley has more on the push for getting a P.A.S.S .

P.A.S.S...Person Appointed to Stay Sober....

TX Dot is campaigning around the state this month to remind those who plan on drinking to line up a designated driver.

“The majority of the fatal accidents happening down here in the Rio Grande Valley are the drunk drivers. They are not wearing their safety belts, so when they roll over they get ejected and when they get ejected, that's where we get our fatalities,” says DPS Trooper Johnny Hernandez.

Officials say there are far more alcohol related crash fatalities between May and August than compared to any other time of the year.

"We've also seen in 2011 that we had 321 fatal crashes from May to August," says Ruby Martinez of TxDot.

TxDot reports that year round, about every 20 minutes, someone in Texas is either hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol.

"We have a study, a survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that talks about 40% of individuals think that it's ok to drink an additional two or three drinks in a two hour period. Also with some of those same individuals, some think that with four or five drinks, it's still safe to get behind the wheel; when in fact, the safest amount of alcohol to have behind the wheel, before driving, is none at all," says Martinez.

One of the tools Tx Dot is using to help really get their point across about the dangers of drunk driving are drunk goggles.

The drunk goggles simulate various blood alcohol levels, all over the legal limit.

"Usually with an intoxicated person, usually the first thing that goes is their judgment. That's the very first thing that goes. They become tunnel visioned, they only look to the front, not really seeing the areas to where they need to react to," says Trooper Hernandez.

If you choose to drink and drive...you may not necessarily get in an accident. If you're lucky, you'll be slapped with a hefty fine, some jail time, but most importantly...you'll come out alive and unharmed.

To avoid any of those unfavorable outcomes, just figure out your P.A.S.S, Person Appointed to Stay Sober, before you even take a drink.


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