Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:13

Texas Youth Highest in DWI Fatalities Nationwide

It’s no secret that young adults die at a much greater rate from injuries sustained in alcohol-related auto crashes than the rest of the population. According to the Texas DOT, there were 25,032 alcohol-related crashes in Texas that resulted in 1,057 deaths in 2010, says Irene Webster, traffic safety specialist for the Department of Transportation. Those crashes resulted in 16,877 injuries. The 20- to 25-year-old group in Texas accounts for only about 9 percent of the state’s overall population, but, “in 2010, 24 percent of people killed in alcohol-related crashes in Texas were between the ages of 20 and 25,” Webster said.

The department is launching the annual Drink, Drive, Go To Jail campaign and enforcement period at an 11 a.m., Aug. 30 press event at Wiley College, she said. TxDOT is joining forces with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and law enforcement agencies statewide to crack down on drunk driving as the summer winds down, Webster said.

From Aug. 19 through Labor Day on Sept. 5, law enforcement officers around the state will be working overtime to get drunk drivers off the road.

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