AUSTIN (Oct. 9, 2014) — Joining in the Texas tradition of football tailgating, the Texas Department of Transportation’s Fan Van will visit select college and pro football games to remind football fans to make a sober-ride game plan before kickoff.

This Saturday, the van will be at the State Fair of Texas for the annual Texas-Oklahoma football game at the Cotton Bowl. They will be at Gate 11, off Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Designed to look like a giant football, the Fan Van will make the rounds at Texas tailgating events reminding drivers to stay sober and safe behind the wheel.

The Fan Van also will offer football fans the chance to win donated prizes, including a trip to pro football’s Big Game in 2016.

In 2013, more than 1,700 DUI-alcohol crashes occurred in Texas when a Texas college or professional football team was playing.


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