POSTED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 10:49am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 11:02am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Drinking and driving is a year-round problem that gets worse in the summer.
As part of a national effort to save lives and crack down on impaired driving, the Texas Department of Transportation announces its “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.” campaign from Aug. 16 - Sept. 2.
During the campaign, select Texas colleges will host a simulated jail cell that allows visitors a harsh glimpse into the consequences of drunk driving.
According to TxDOT statistics, 411 alcohol-related fatalities occurred in Texas during the 2012 summer months of May through August.
Additionally, during the Labor Day holiday reporting period, alcohol-related traffic fatalities more than doubled from 8 in 2011 to 19 in 2012..
Along with TxDOT’s “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.” campaign, law enforcement will work thousands of overtime hours as part of the national crackdown effort being coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.