Every year during the holidays, impaired and reckless drivers cause unthinkable – and preventable – tragedies on the roadways. Last year, 259 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in the days surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Through the new year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is making a nationwide push with their Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
In addition, law enforcement patrols will be increased at this time of the year. Not only is drunk driving dangerous and often deadly, drivers who drive under the influence can face jail time, hefty fines, and lose their license.
The Texas Department of Public Safety provided several tips for traveling safely during the holiday season
In 2015, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers made 466 DWI arrests, issued 9,174 speeding citations, and 893 seat belt/child safety seat citations during the eight-day Christmas/New Year holiday period. Keep yourself, your family and friends, and fellow motorists safe this holiday season by obeying traffic laws and driving sober.
The following information regarding impaired driving is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):