Austin, TX- State Representative Greg Bonnen, MD (R-Friendswood) is pleased to join the Texas Hospitality Association and the Texas Department of Transportation on a holiday campaign aimed at preventing drunk driving. The Holiday P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober) campaign encourages Texans to give the gift of a sober ride home and to make it easier for sober drivers to enjoy festivities.
As part of the campaign, the Texas Hospitality Association will distribute over 3 million bottle tags to businesses that sell adult beverages and over half a million bill inserts for restaurants, bars, and clubs to include with a patron’s tab. Individuals can also visit the associations website at www.TexasHospitalityAssociation.com to print off their own sober driver “gift certificate” to include with alcoholic gifts.
Texans can also use the TxDOT website www.SoberRides.org to find a safe ride home. It provides users with information on nearby cabs, public transportation, limo services, and pedicabs, along with walking maps, help phoning a friend and more.
“The Holiday P.A.S.S. program encourages Texans to prevent drunk driving by designating a Person Appointed to Stay Sober.” said Representative Bonnen. “This program can save lives and ensure that individuals will return home after celebrating the holidays.”
Holiday drinking and driving poses a serious threat for all holiday travelers on the road. During last year’s holiday season (Dec. 1, 2012 – Jan. 1, 2013), there were 776 DWI-alcohol-related crashes in Texas, resulting in 239 serious injuries and 78 fatalities – a 21.8-percent in fatalities compared with the previous holiday season. Law enforcement officers throughout the state will work thousands of additional hours this holiday season to crack down on drunk driving, including implementing no-refusal procedures in many metropolitan areas.