Drink. Drive. Go to Jail - a new TxDOT campaign covered by Comedy Guys Defensive DrivingIn recent months, texting while driving has been getting more media attention than drinking and driving (and to tell the truth, there is evidence that texting may be even more dangerous), but never think that anyone has forgotten how dangerous driving while intoxicated it.

Last year in Texas, there were more than 27,000 alcohol-related collisions, resulting in over 17,000 injuries and almost 1000 deaths.

This year again, law enforcement people statewide are launching “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.Starting tomorrow and continuing until after Labor Day, officers will be working overtime on the lookout for drivers who are endangering their and others’ lives by driving under the influence.

Convicted first-time DWI offenders can pay a fine of up to $2,000, lose their driver’s license for up to a year, and serve 180 days in jail. Safety officials say other costs associated with an impaired driving arrest and conviction can add up to more than $17,000 for bail, legal fees, court appearances, court ordered classes, vehicle insurance increases, and other expenses.

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