Texas is No. 1 in the Nation for the most deaths caused by a drunk driver. The Texas Department of Transportation states that a person is hurt or killed every 20 minutes in Texas because of drinking and driving. Approximately 1,300-1,400 people are killed in Texas each year by a drunk driver. And DWI accidents cost Texas taxpayers approximately $6.2 Billion each year.
The most tragic part about these tragedies is that they don’t have to happen. Drunk driving accidents are 100% preventable.
According to Texas law, for adults, being intoxicated while driving means having a BAC of 0.08 or higher. Regardless of the BAC, a person can be considered intoxicated and driving under the influence if he or she is impaired in any way. A typical drinker can achieve that level of drunkenness from having two or three drinks in an hour. For women and young people, drinking just one or two drinks in an hour can lead to a BAC of 0.08.
Save a Life Today
Every time you choose not to get behind the wheel after drinking, you’ve saved at least one life –your own – as well as the lives of countless others you would have encountered on the roads. There are always alternatives to drinking and driving – taking a taxi, Uber, or using a designated driver are all great options that will save lives.