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To Prevent Drunk Driving Deaths, TxDOT Says “Plan While You Can”

Drunk driving is a serious problem across the region and the upcoming holiday revelry doesn’t help.

For years now, Harris County has had some of the highest DWI fatality rates in the country. Allison Bainbridge with the DA’s office says a lot of it has to do with Harris County’s large size and growing population.

“But it really comes down to someone’s individual choice,” adds Bainbridge. “Someone’s going to make a bad decision to drink and drive, something bad is going to happen.”

Eric Stephens knows all too well what can happen. His daughter Jade was killed in a drunk driving crash in July of 2014.

The family was driving home from Jade’s 10th birthday party when they were hit by a drunk driver in north Harris County.

“You don’t understand how it is when you can’t get out of your head your baby dying in your wife’s arms,” says Stephens. 

To try to keep the roads safe this holiday season, many local law enforcement departments are conducting “no refusal” efforts. If someone suspected of DWI refuses to take a breath test, police can get an immediate search warrant for a blood draw.

TxDOT has also rolled out an interactive video game to illustrate the dangers of impaired driving. Players have to dodge snowballs while under the influence of “digital” drinks. 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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