National enforcement mobilization of the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign began on Aug. 16 and continues through Sept. 4, 2017. This campaign is aimed to bring awareness and help prevent drunk driving. Law enforcement is cracking down over the next few weeks to reduce the number of drunk drivers on our roads.
At Lost Pines Toyota, we are strongly against any driver operating a vehicle under the influence. Drinking and driving is an irresponsible act that places the driver, passengers and all others on the road in danger. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, drunk driving was responsible for 987 deaths on Texas roads in 2016.
This deadly crime is easily preventable, and we want to make sure all drivers in Bastrop County and the surrounding areas are safe. Here are three ways to avoid drinking and driving.
Have a sober, designated driver
Having a designated driver is the easiest way to avoid drinking and getting behind the wheel. Choose a designated driver before drinking begins. If you have trouble selecting a DD, alternate nights with friends so everyone can enjoy themselves.
Remember, the person who drinks the least is not considered sober and should not drive. Your designated driver should refrain from alcohol the entire night and be the one holding the car keys.
Use a ride sharing service, taxi or public transportation
As of May 25, 2017, ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are back in Austin and surrounding areas. These services provide a simple, affordable way to catch a ride home. You can download these apps in both the App Store and Google Play Store. Make sure the app and your credit card information is set up before drinking begins.
Call a friend or family member for a ride
Your DD ended up buying a couple of drinks and you don’t have Lyft setup on your phone — what do you do? Call a friend or family member and ask for a ride home. Regardless of the time of day, your friends and family want to make sure you get home safe. It may be a small burden, but the last thing anyone wants is for you to be drunk driving.
With “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” in full force, please think twice before getting behind the wheel. Law enforcement is focused on heavily reducing drunk driving through Labor Day weekend. Keep your friends, family and our community safe — don’t drink and drive.