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Stepped Up Enforcement for TxDOT’s Drive Sober No Regrets Campaign

An average of 89 Texans were killed every month in alcohol-related crashes in 2023

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 We all know that drunk driving is dangerous and yet people still choose to get behind the wheel impaired, causing on average 65 alcohol-related crashes every day last year. Image courtesy of TxDOT
 We all know that drunk driving is dangerous and yet people still choose to get behind the wheel impaired, causing on average 65 alcohol-related crashes every day last year. Image courtesy of TxDOT
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AUSTIN, Texas – We all know that drunk driving is dangerous and yet people still choose to get behind the wheel impaired, causing on average 65 alcohol-related crashes every day last year. Three Texans died daily as a result — their lives extinguished at the hands of those who never thought they would be responsible for a roadside tragedy.  

Image courtesy of TxDOT

Making the choice to drive drunk instead of finding a sober ride home can lead to serious consequences, including a lifetime of anguish. This is the painful reality for Charles and Shenica Trammell of San Antonio, who will never see their child again.    

“We taught our son to serve others, not knowing that he would actually die while doing so,” said Shenica Trammel. Her 21-year-old son and Texas Wesleyan University football player Charles Jr. was killed while changing a friend’s tire on the side of the road in Fort Worth.   

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“All because someone made the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking,” she said.

Shenica and her husband Charles are among the faces seen and voices heard in a traveling exhibit showcasing first-person testimonial videos by survivors, offenders and those who’ve suffered the loss of a loved one to a drunk driver.     

July and August are the calendar’s two deadliest months for drunk-driving fatalities. Heading into these months, TxDOT’s Drive Sober. No Regrets. campaign is spotlighting these stories of grief and remorse to emphasize the importance of driving sober and the consequences of drinking and driving.   

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“Drunk driving can change lives forever,” said TxDOT Executive Director Marc Williams. “In the worst case, families lose loved ones or face devastating injuries. But even when there isn’t a crash, the decision to drink and drive can ruin careers and relationships. That’s why we want everyone to know how important and easy it is to always plan ahead for a sober ride.”

Beyond the possibility of taking a life – including your own – driving impaired and getting a DWI can result in time-consuming legal hassles and fines and fees up to $17,000.   

The Drive Sober. No Regrets. campaign’s Faces of Drunk Driving overlaps with heightened law enforcement efforts to keep Texas roads safe during the Independence Day holiday. From June 21 through July 7, increased patrols aim to reduce the number of DUI-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities.     

Even though the number of drunk driving deaths on Texas roadways in 2023 is down 15% from 2022, we must strive to continue that trend. TxDOT’s Drive Sober. No Regrets. campaign 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 to help end the streak of daily deaths. Nov. 7, 2000, was the last deathless day on Texas roadways.   

HERE ALSO ARE A FEW LOCAL STATS:

·         In the TxDOT *Pharr District in 2023, there were 27,210 traffic crashes, resulting in 139 fatalities and 639serious injuries.

o   In the Pharr District in 2023, there were 1,279 DUI-alcohol-related traffic crashes, resulting in 32 fatalities and 110 serious injuries.

o   In the Pharr District during the 2023 July Fourth holiday time period, there were 33 DUI-alcohol-related traffic crashes, resulting in 3 fatalities and 1 serious injury.

*The TxDOT Pharr District includes the 4 Valley counties AND Zapata, Jim Hogg, Brooks, and Kenedy counties.

·         In Edinburg (city) in 2023, there were 2,539 traffic crashes, resulting in 14 fatalities and 61 serious injuries.

o   In Edinburg (city) in 2023, there were 92 DUI-alcohol-related traffic crashes, resulting in 5 fatalities and 13serious injuries.

o   In Edinburg (city) during the 2023 July Fourth holiday time period, there were 2 DUI-alcohol-related traffic crashes, resulting in no fatalities and no serious injuries.

·         In Harlingen (city) in 2023, there were 1,960 traffic crashes, resulting in 6 fatalities and 22 serious injuries.

o   In Harlingen (city) in 2023, there were 66 DUI-alcohol-related traffic crashes, resulting in no fatalities and noserious injuries.

o   In Harlingen (city) during the 2023 July Fourth holiday time period, there were no DUI-alcohol-related traffic crashes, resulting in no fatalities and no serious injuries.

·         In McAllen (city) in 2023, there were 2,724 traffic crashes, resulting in 7 fatalities and 40 serious injuries.

o   In McAllen (city) in 2023, there were 198 DUI-alcohol-related traffic crashes, resulting in 1 fatality and 10serious injuries.

o   In McAllen (city) during the 2023 July Fourth holiday time period, there were 6 DUI-alcohol-related traffic crashes, resulting in no fatalities and 1 serious injury.

·         In Pharr (city) in 2023, there were 2,601 traffic crashes, resulting in 7 fatalities and 19 serious injuries.

o   In Pharr (city) in 2023, there were 59 DUI-alcohol-related traffic crashes, resulting in 1 fatality and 3 serious injuries.

o   In Pharr (city) during the 2023 July Fourth holiday time period, there were no DUI-alcohol-related traffic crashes, resulting in no fatalities and no serious injuries.

·         In Weslaco (city) in 2023, there were 1,149 traffic crashes, resulting in 2 fatalities and 21 serious injuries.

o   In Weslaco (city) in 2023, there were 37 DUI-alcohol-related traffic crashes, resulting in no fatalities and 3serious injuries.

  • In Weslaco (city) during the 2023 July Fourth holiday time period, there was 1 DUI-alcohol-related traffic crash, resulting in no fatalities and no serious injuries.
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