With New Year’s Eve just a couple of days away, TXDOT wants to remind everyone to plan a sober ride and never drink and drive.
In Texas, a person is legally intoxicated and may be arrested and charged with DWI with a .08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration). A person is also intoxicated if impaired due to alcohol or other drugs regardless of BAC. Drivers and passengers can be fined up to $500 for having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.
TXDOT advises designating a sober driver before you start drinking, use a rideshare service or call a sober friend for a safe ride home. If none of those options are viable, it is recommended to spend the night where you are, rather than drive yourself home after a night of partying.
Penalties for a DWI can range from hefty fines, jail time and even a loss of a driver’s license. Anyone convicted of a DWI with a child passenger will be charged with Child Endangerment if the child is under fifteen years old and additional jail time and fines will be added.
For safety tips on how to plan a sober ride visit SoberRides.org.