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
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