FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/20/2013
Rep. Thompson Joins Holiday Campaign to Prevent Drunk Driving
Austin, TEXAS - Representative Ed Thompson of House District 29 joined the Texas Hospitality Association and the Texas Department of Transportation on a holiday campaign aimed at preventing drunk driving. The Holiday P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober) campaign encourages Texans to give the gift of a sober ride home and to make it easier for sober drivers to enjoy festivities without drinking alcohol.
"The gift of a sober ride can help ensure that all Texans get home safely this holiday season," Rep. Thompson said.
As part of the campaign, the Texas Hospitality Association will distribute over 3 million bottle tags to businesses that sell adult beverages and over half a million bill inserts for restaurants, bars, and clubs to include with a patron's tab. Individuals can also visit the association website at www.TexasHospitatlityAssociation.com to print off their own sober driver "gift certificate" to include with alcoholic gifts.
Texans can also use the TxDOT website www.SoberRides.org to find a safe ride home. It provides users with information on nearby cabs, public transportation, limo services, and pedicabs, along with walking maps, help phoning a friend, and more.
"The Holiday P.A.S.S. campaign encourages folks to prevent drunk driving by planning ahead," said Thompson. "If you know you will be drinking alcohol, designate a sober driver in advance. If you are hosting a party, be sure to have alcohol-free options for sober drivers."
Holiday drinking and driving poses a serious threat for all holiday travelers on the road. During last year's holiday season (Dec. 1, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013), there were 776 DWI-alcohol-related crashes in Texas, resulting in 239 serious injuries and 78 fatalities - a 21.8% increase in fatalities compared with the previous holiday season. Law enforcement officers throughout the state will work thousands of additional hours this holiday season to crack down on drunk driving, including implementing no-refusal procedures in many metropolitan areas.
For more information on the Holiday P.A.S.S. campaign, contact the Texas Hospitality Association at (512) 638-0270, or TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@txdot.gov or (512) 463-8700.