All summer long, representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation are working to encourage drivers to plan their travel to include a “Person Appointed To Stay Sober."
That’s its new campaign intending to keep drunken drivers off the road, and is a deviation from the traditional designated driver plan.
The P.A.S.S. campaign is stepping up this summer because this is the time of year when there are more gatherings with family and friends on vacation and at barbecues.
"All their plans are set and done. What we want to encourage people to do is to include safety in their plans … to have that person appointed to stay sober,” said Sam Aguirre, a TxDOT spokesperson who has been offering “fatal vision goggles” as a way to illustrate the need.
The glasses have obscured lenses that mimic your view if you’re twice the legal limit for alcohol or even four times the limit.
For more information on the P.A.S.S. program and other TxDOT safety programs, visit their Facebook page.
According to TxDOT, in 2011, there were 321 alcohol-related fatal crashes, resulting in 362 deaths from May through August in Texas. A total of 17 of those deaths were in Bexar County.
In Texas, 35 percent of all alcohol-related fatal crashes and fatalities occur during the summer months from May through August.