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For many adults, parties, weddings and holidays often include alcohol as part of the celebration. Some party goers avoid hard liquor because they think it has more alcohol than other choices. That leads us to the first question.
True or False. A twelve ounce bottle of beer, a five ounce glass of wine and a mixed drink with an ounce and a half of eighty-proof liquor generally have the same alcohol content.
The answer is true. DPS Trooper Robyn Wilson says, "Three of these have relatively the same amount of alcohol. Many factors determine how alcohol will effect you. State law says you're legally intoxicated when your blood or breath alcohol concentration is point .08 or more. For some people that can be as few as two to three beers in one hour." If you're going to drink alcohol, remember to designate a driver or call a cab or a friend to get you home safely.
Texas has the highest number of fatigue related crashes in the nation. To stay alert, experts recommend drivers rest for fifteen to twenty minutes every 100 miles or every two hours. A good place to take a break is at one of the state's many rest stops.
Do you know how many highway safety rest areas there are in Texas?
The correct answer is B. 96 DPS Trooper Sparky Dean says, "The Texas Department of Transportation maintains 84 safety rest areas and twelve travel information centers stretching from one end of the state to the other. They're designed to give travelers a place to stop, walk around, park overnight and even learn something about the area like at these attractive new facilities in the Texas panhandle." When you visit new or renovated rest stops you will find information kiosks in air conditioned lobbies, expanded parking, sheltered picnic areas and more.
What happens if there isn't a rest stop and your car breaks down on an isolated highway. What is the first thing you should do if you experience car trouble on the road?
A. Raise your hood
B. Turn on your emergency flashers
C. Call for help
The answer is B. Turn on your emergency flashers. DPS Trooper Sparky Dean says, "It's the easiest and safest thing you can do quickly to alert other drivers your vehicle is disabled. If you can't move your vehicle out of the flow of traffic, then get out. Don't stand next to your vehicle. Move away from traffic while you wait for help." Not sure who to call for help? Try the toll free non-emergency DPS assistance phone number printed on the back of your Texas Driver's License. It's 1-800-525-5555. Think safety first, help second.