This month in Irving, Texas, a drunk driver lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a FedEx truck, killing the driver.
Unfortunately, this tragedy was only one of hundreds of drunk driving accidents take place each year in Texas. Shockingly, over one third of all fatal car accidents in Texas involve alcohol and driving under the influence.
Even if you don’t drink yourself, or even if you never consider driving drunk, you can helpfurther prevent drunk driving accidents from occurring in your town or neighborhood.
• Report dangerous drivers to Texas police. If you are driving and spot a driver who is weaving in their lane, hitting objects, or driving suspiciously fast or slow, get the car’s information and call your local police department. Getting dangerous drivers off the road can save a life, and police cruisers can’t be everywhere at once.
• Throw responsible parties. Even if you don’t drink, you can make certain that those enjoying alcoholic beverages at your party don’t get behind the wheel when they leave. Offer drinkers your spare bedroom for the night, call a friend a cab, or let a friend take a long nap on your couch before taking off.
• Join a local chapter of MADD. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers is a national group that works toward stopping drunk driving – both through educational programs and spreading awareness. Volunteering with the group is a sure way to help your community curb drunk driving.