AAA Texas: Make a Plan Before Celebrating Cinco De Mayo; Never Drive After Drinking

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(Coppell, TX) – As many Texans prepare to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, AAA Texas reminds drivers to take the following safety precautions in advance: drive only while drug and alcohol-free, select a designated driver for the day, plan to take a cab or use a ride-sharing service, or stay overnight where you celebrate the holiday.

 

Nationwide, alcohol-impaired drivers contribute to about one out of every three traffic deaths and kill an average of about one person every 45 minutes in the United States.

 

“The decision you make to never drink and drive and never get into a car or truck with someone who has been drinking will be one the most crucial decisions you make in your lifetime,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe.  “DWI fatalities and injuries are entirely preventable if you make a plan to get home safely before you ever start drinking alcohol.”

 

AAA works year round to educate motorists about driving practices that will help keep them safe and reduce traffic-related crashes and the injuries that can result.  PreventDUI.AAA.com is an online resource offering impaired driving facts, transportation alternatives and expert advice.  Once there, AAA encourages visitors to Take the Pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free.

 

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 55 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services.  Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.  AAA Texas can be visited on the internet at www.AAA.com.