On past Labor Day weekends, hundreds of crashes involving impaired drivers have occurred in Texas, resulting in fatalities and injuries. As many Texans make travel plans to celebrate the last days of summer, the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Plan While You Can” campaign reminds them to arrange for a sober ride before the festivities begin.
“The long weekend should be an opportunity to enjoy extra time with family and friends, rather than experience a senseless and preventable tragedy that ruins the lives of everyone involved because of drinking and driving,” TxDOT Executive Director James Bass said. “If you plan to drink alcohol this weekend, please plan ahead for a sober ride. It can save lives.”
During last year’s Labor Day holiday weekend in Texas, there were 328 wrecks involving drivers under the influence of alcohol. Those crashes killed eight people and seriously injured another 25. 
While drivers under the influence of alcohol risk killing or seriously injuring themselves and others, they also face up to $17,000 in fines and fees, jail time and loss of their driver’s license. 
Officials suggest celebrants find alternatives to drinking alcohol and driving, such as:
• designating a sober driver or calling someone for a sober ride home.
• contacting a cab or ride-share service.
• spending the night.
In addition to the penalties for drunk driving, HB 2502, which takes effect Sept. 1, requires a judge to include a minimum of 120 days of confinement when granting community supervision for the offense of leaving the scene of a crash that resulted in the death of a person. 
“Plan While You Can” is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while on the road, such as going the speed limit, wearing a seatbelt, never drinking and driving or texting and driving. 
Nov. 7, 2000 was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths.