SAN ANTONIO -

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Independence Day is the worst holiday for drunken driving accidents.

On Tuesday, TxDOT and local law enforcement officials kicked off their “Faces of Drunk Driving” campaign.

“If you are going to drink, do not get behind the wheel,” said San Antonio police Chief William McManus.

The campaign kickoff took place at the downtown UTSA campus. 

A total of 1,170 flags lined the sidewalk as a reminder of the number of lives lost last year in Texas to drunken drivers.

“That is just one state, one year ... it's got to be stopped, " said Dennis Pennywell, who lost his son to a drunken driver in 2011.

Xitclalli “Chilli” Vasquez was only 7 years old when the car in which she was riding was hit by a drunken driver, changing her life forever.

“I can no longer walk, I can no longer feel my legs (and) my back was hurt, " Vasquez said.

When asked about her future, she said, “Yes, I do believe I will walk.”

“We’ve met so many people that have been affected by ... drunk drivers (or who) have lost children because of drunk drivers,” said Pennywell. "We joined a fraternity that we never wanted to join."

For those who are going to drink alcohol during the holiday, McManus has one stern warning and reminder: "There is zero-tolerance for drinking and driving in San Antonio and Bexar County."

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