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Labor Day Weekend is a Time To Relax and Have Fun But Don’t Forget to Be Responsible

Labor Day Weekend is almost here and it’s one of those weekends we look forward to each year.  Not only does it mark the end of Summer it’s the kick off to Fall.  The Labor Day weekend gives us chance to relax and enjoy one last 3-day weekend before we hit the ground running full force into the school year and the holiday season.  However, with any holiday people like to have fun and partake in adult beverages and the Texas Department of Transportation wants to remind you to be safe this holiday weekend.

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The Texas Department of Transportation has kicked off their “Plan While You Can” campaign.

They will be increasing the number of DWI enforcement across the state of Texas.  Last year during the Labor Day holiday, according to TxDOT, there were 359 alcohol related crashed which included 12 deaths and 36 serious injuries.

If you are planning on going out and if you are planning on drinking, TxDOT encourages you to plan for a safe and sober ride home.

“Drinking and driving remains a big problem in Texas,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “If you plan to drink, you must plan ahead for a safe and sober ride home. It’s a plan that could save a family — even your own — from the heartbreak of losing a loved one.”

So if you are planning on attending a BBQ, party or even heading out to watch the game and you plan on drinking then make sure you have a safe ride home.  If you are pulled over and are under the influence you could face up to $17,000 in fines, you could find yourself in jail and without a drivers license.  Plus by planning for a sober ride you are not putting the lives of others in danger by driving under the influence.

If you find that you are unable to drive then:

  • Call a taxi service or a service such as Uber
  • Call a sober friend or family member to come pick you up
  • Stay where you are at and spend the night

If you need more information visit SoberRides.org

Have a safe and fun and happy Labor Day Weekend.

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