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TxDOT Says Be a P.A.S.S. For The Weekend, Avoid DWI

With spring break coming, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is trying to encourage party-goers to designate a P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober) and and avoid a DWI by keeping drunk drivers off the roadways. Adults between 18 and 34 are more likely to be involved in a fatal Texas car crash over the weekend. Officials hope the P.A.S.S. program will help change that.

Starting today, February 27, TxDOT will be traveling the state, targeting college-age adults and military bases, with a truck equipped with a photo booth aimed at raising awareness of drinking and driving. Participants will be able to pose in supplied backdrops while listening to a short video about the dangers of drunk driving in Texas.

The photo booth will feature different roles from a night out, including "the partier, "the sober driver" and "the drunk driver." The drunk driver will be photographed in a jail scene.

The P.A.S.S. campaign is trying to encourage people throughout Texas to choose a sober driver before going out for the night rather than waiting to see who is the least drunk at the end of it.

Common signals to police that a driver may be impaired by drugs or alcohol that may trigger a stop include:

  • Weaving in and out of your lane, crossing the white or yellow lane lines
  • Driving onto the shoulder of the road
  • Quickly speeding up and slowing down
  • Rolling through or otherwise failing to completely stop at a stop sign
  • Forgetting to turn on your headlights while driving at night

These warning signs are not exclusive to those who are driving under the influence, but may also indicate that a driver is distracted or simply not obeying traffic laws.

Source: KXAN.com, "TxDOT urges young adults to take a PASS," February 26, 2012

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