According to news reports, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is reaching out to young adults to reduce drunk driving incidents and encourage Texans to plan ahead for the weekends by getting a P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober). According to TXDOT, most young adults go to great lengths to plan their weekend activities. This new campaign encourages them to include a P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober) as part of their weekend plans, according to Carol T. Rawson, P.E., TxDOT's Traffic Operations Division Director.
According to stats provided by TxDOT, drinking and driving continues to be a national and statewide problem that has serious and often deadly consequences. In 2010, there were 25,181 DUI alcohol-related crashes in Texas that resulted in 1,107 deaths and 16,930 injuries. In 2010, 36.6 percent of the total traffic fatalities in Texas involved drivers under the influence of alcohol, and 24 percent of people killed in alcohol-related crashes in Texas were between the ages of 20 and 25. However, this age segment only represents 9 percent of the overall state population.