With Spring Break approaching, Texas law enforcement officials are cautioning people about road safety and drunk driving. Last year, drunk driving casualties during Spring Break were up 23 percent compared to Spring Break 2012. Law enforcement agencies across the state of Texas are joining forces with the Texas Department of Transportation to help prevent drunk driving.
For 2014, a new safety campaign will be implemented during the week of Spring Break. The slogan emphasized during this time will be “DWI Hangovers Don’t Go Away.” This slogan acts as a reminder to young drivers about being mindful before driving, knowing that it takes a long time to recover from hangovers and that they should wait until they are completely sober before driving.
There are stiff penalties for drunk driving. If a person is caught drunk driving, they can have their license revoked and face jail time. They can also face up to $17,000 in fines. In Texas, the legal limit for blood alcohol is .08, and anything above that is illegal. Drunk driving is dangerous because it can inflict physical injuries or death to innocent victims and also the drunk driver.
Spring Break is typically a time for college students to take a break from their college studies and have fun with friends. It usually involves going to parties, hanging out at the beach and a lot of alcohol consumption. Texas Law Enforcement advises young drivers to be extra cautious and careful when drinking during this time. Texas courts help those who have been involved or have loved ones injured from drunk driving accidents to get financial compensation for damages and medical expenses. Drunk driving education and prevention can certainly save lives.
Source: The Daily Tribune, DWI hangovers don’t go away; Spring Break impaired driving enforcement gets underway, No author, March 5, 2014