Drinking and driving deaths down in 2009 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/7/09

Drinking and driving deaths down in 2009

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - National numbers on drinking and driving fatalities have been released and they show that they are down in the state of Texas.

Here at home, according to Lubbock Police records, in 2007, two people were killed in traffic fatalities where drugs and alcohol were a factor. That was out of 15 car accident deaths.

In 2008, traffic fatalities involving drugs or alcohol then increased to 51 percent. Last year, 37 people died in car accidents, and 19 of those were the result of drugs or alcohol.

So far this year, 42 percent of traffic deaths involved drugs or alcohol. Breaking it down, out of 19 that have died, eight of those involved drugs or alcohol.

The Department of Public Safety urges drives to be responsible this holiday season. "Alcohol is readily available as these festivities and as it becomes very easy to drink and get a misconception that you can drive and therefore we'll be out. All our officers will be out in force looking for any and all violations and we'll be focusing on DWI," says John Gonzalez with the Department of Public Safety.

DPS encourages if you have a holiday party, to take your guests' keys if they've had too much to drink and make sure they have a sober ride home.

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