If you plan on driving anywhere, TxDOT wants you to think about more than rising gas prices. Spring break comes with the implication of alcohol, so TxDOT wants everyone to be smart if they plan on drinking.
“Plan ahead. Whether it’s a designated driver, rideshare services, anything of that nature. Spending the night where you are until you’ve had a chance to sober up,” Amarillo TxDOT Amarillo Public Information Officer Sonja Gross said. “Just make the right decisions so your spring break is nothing but fond memories.”
During spring break 2018, there were 444 crashes in Texas with young adult drivers under the influence of alcohol. If you make that choice to drink and drive, you’re not just putting yourself at risk.
“Many families are out on the roadways with their young children celebrating spring break,” Gross said. “We’ve got increased traffic on I-40, and I-27, and all of the roads throughout Texas.”
There also a really good chance road conditions won’t be ideal no matter where you’re heading.
“Whether they are heading to Colorado for a ski adventure, or south toward the beaches, whichever way you’re going you’re probably going to encounter some kind of weather,” Meteorologist Britney Trumpy said. “We are expecting a pretty big system to move in. You just need to take it easy on the roads.”
DPS Troopers are also ramping up enforcement efforts over spring break. They are watching for speeders, people not wearing seat belts, and drunk drivers.