The Texas Department of Transportation took time this week to remind people about its “Plan While You Can” campaign. In a news release issued Friday, the public safety department wanted to remind Texas drivers to make a sober ride part of Memorial Day weekend plans.

“The long weekend should be an enjoyable start to summer, and we understand more and more people are beginning to venture out,” TxDOT Executive Director James Bass said in the news release. “But if you plan to drink alcohol, please know it is vital that you plan ahead for a sober ride. Without a doubt, planning for a sober ride home, will help prevent senseless tragedies and save lives.”

During last the 2019 Memorial Day weekend in Texas, there were 360 driving under the influence - alcohol related traffic crashes. Those crashes killed 16 people and seriously injured another 34.

Driving under the influence of alcohol not only risks death or serious injuries, but it can also be costly. Drivers can face up to $17,000 in fines and fees, jail time and loss of their driver’s license.

“Instead of getting behind the wheel, here are some alternative options: Designate a sober driver, contact a cab or ride-share service, use public transit, and spend the night,” the release said.

“Plan While You Can” is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel, like wearing a seat belt, driving the speed limit and never driving after drinking or using other drugs. Nov. 7, 2000 was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths on Texas roadways.

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