Drinking: Know when to pass

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By Sherri Halsell
Texas AgriLife Agent

  It’s football season, and we Texans love to root for our teams! The Texas Department of Transportation Game Day campaign, Know When to Pass, will emphasize the importance of passing your keys to a sober, designated driver if you plan to drink alcohol on game day.

While it’s a lot of fun to tailgate or watch a ballgame at a friend’s house, if you choose to drink, you should call a cab, designate a sober driver ahead of time, use public transportation, stay put, or call a friend or family member for a ride. Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent reminds drivers that the Know When to Pass campaign runs from now through February 2012.

Drinking and driving on football game days is a very real problem in Texas and across the nation. Over half of the Texans surveyed reported having three or more drinks while at a football watching party, and over 45 percent of Texans who drink while at a watching party report driving themselves home. Last year, 52 alcohol-related deaths occurred on football game days when a Texas team was playing. Impaired drivers can kill or injure themselves and others – sometimes their own friends or family. The consequences and costs are significant if you are caught driving while intoxicated, costing you $17,000 or more.

So this season, don’t drink and drive. If you see a suspected drunk driver, report it to law enforcement.   This is shaping up to be a great year for Texas teams. Make sure you are here to cheer on your favorite team next year – know when to pass the keys! For more information, visit www.facebook.com/KnowWhenToPass.

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