TxDOT Urges Texans to Avoid a DWI This Summer
WHAT: 2010 Drink. Drive. Go to Jail Campaign Press Conference
WHEN: August 20 (Friday)
WHERE: Tom Lea Park
900 Rim Road (corner of North St. Vrain Street)
WHO: Richard Wiles, County Sheriff
Gregory Allen, Chief of Police
James Chesshire, TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist
Rocky Ortega, Victim of drunk driving
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the El Paso Police Department will kick off the annual summer drunk driving crackdown. TxDOT is illustrating the choice between getting a sober ride or risking a DWI by driving drunk with an arresting image—unique vehicles that are a police patrol car on the front end and a taxi cab on the back end.
“The only way to be sure you’ll avoid a DWI is by never getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol,” said Terry Pence, TxDOT’s Traffic Safety Program Director. “We’re reminding Texans that there are many options they can choose for getting home that don’t include drinking and driving.”
The “Choose Your Ride” effort incorporates modified patrol cars from police departments and sheriff’s offices in communities with a high incidence of alcohol-related fatalities. This Press Conference will raise awareness of the consequences of a DWI conviction and the alternatives available to Texans: calling a cab, designating a sober driver ahead of time, using public transportation, staying put, calling a friend or family member for a ride, taking a pedicab, and more.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies are also participating in the annual Drink, Drive, Go to Jail campaign to reduce drunk driving on Texas roads.