New Ways For Super Bowl Fans To Avoid DWIs

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – If you ask officials from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), when it comes to Super Bowl fans “it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you get home that matters”.

Expect to see TV and radio ads, and billboards reminding football fans to celebrate responsibly. TxDOT is among several organizations making a big push to help fans remember not to get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking and to find a sober ride home or call a cab.

“We’re making a special effort to reach sports fans with ‘don’t drink and drive’ reminders at locations where alcohol is served or purchased, as well as in their homes,” TxDOT Traffic Operations Director Carol Rawson explained in a press release.
To help partiers in that quest to find a safe ride, TxDOT is debuting new interactive posters with a graphic Quick Response code (or QR code). When a patron takes a photograph of the code, which will hang in bars and restaurants across Texas, they will automatically be taken to the TxDOT Ride Finder mobile website. The page offers a wealth of help including – phone numbers for local cab companies, public transportation options. Visitors to the page can even ‘tweet’ sober friends to ask for a ride home.
“The new campaign posters represent just one more way in which TxDOT is leveraging technology and innovation to make Texans aware of their sober ride options,” Rawson added.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, on Super Bowl Sunday the percentage of people driving with a legal intoxication level of .08 BAC or higher increases from 32-percent to 49-percent.

In 2009, there were more than 12,000 alcohol-related crashes in Texas. Nearly 1,000 motorists lost their lives in those crashes and another 17,703 others were injured.

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  1. Derek says:

    I think will help many people. Bars should also have a plan in place to help as well in case a patron does not want to get a ride.

  2. dontneedit says:

    Just expand public transportation, and we won’t have to worry about irresponsible drunks!

    1. dc says:

      Bad side is that Arlington does not have any public transportation, but luckily most of the parties are not in Arlington. (government are a bunch of prudes)

  3. Patrick Wingfield says:

    fff

  4. Philo Phool says:

    Don’t forget, many of these people will be from out of town, even out of state, so when it comes to court will it be worth the money to go after them and bring them back to Texas. Second, is there enought JAIL space to house all of the “drunks”. Chances are the cops will hold you the required four to six hours, let you post a small bond and revoke your bond if you don’t show up for court. With this “punishment” who wants t o spend the time and money to “find an alternative way to get to where you’re staying:. Punishment for DWI was strong at one time, now it’s a joke.

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