AUSTIN — As football fans get ready to watch the Super Bowl with family and friends, the Texas Department of Transportation is urging them to plan for a sober ride while attending game-viewing events.
"Football fans are preparing menus, shopping for food and drinks, and inviting others to watch the biggest game of the year together," said James Bass, TxDOT interim executive director. "Just as we've said all season - whether fans are cheering at a game, a friend's house, a restaurant, a bar or a tailgate event – it's important to plan a sober ride before kickoff."
On the day of last year's Super Bowl (Feb. 3, 2013), there were 112 DUI-alcohol traffic crashes in Texas, resulting in 39 serious injuries and four fatalities over a 24-hour period. Compared with the 2012 Super Bowl, those crashes represented a 12-percent increase in DUI-alcohol crashes in Texas.
Pledge to Drive Sober
Texans who pledge to drive sober still have the chance to win a donated Man Cave or one of four $500 Best Buy gift cards. The Man Cave grand prize consists of a 60-inch, flat-screen TV and home theater system, a massage chair, basketball hoop, dart board, putting mat, folding poker table and a small vending machine-style cooler – all donated for this campaign. Specific contest details can be found at TexasGamePlan.com.
As always, TxDOT urges people who have been drinking to take a taxi, use public transit or designate a sober driver – someone who has not been drinking. TxDOT's SoberRides.org, which is also mobile-friendly, provides several options for getting home safely by letting users enter their current location and an end destination.
About the Texas Department of Transportation
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at txdot.gov.
Road conditions and traffic updates are available on the drivetexas.org website, on Facebook at facebook.com/txdot and Twitter at twitter.com/txdot or twitter.com/txdotdallaspio.
Motorists also can call TxDOT's toll-free highway condition line at 1-800-452-9292 for roadway information. For non-emergency roadside assistance, motorists can call the Texas Department of Public Safety at 1-800-525-5555.