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BOWIE COUNTY, Texas —During the Labor Day holiday, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will partner with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to get drunken drivers off the roads and help save lives.

The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from Aug. 14 through Sept. 2. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunken driving.

Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased numbers of officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunken driving on U.S. roadways, according to a news release.

According to NHTSA, 10,874 people were killed in drunken-driving crashes in 2017. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2013 to 2017. One person was killed in drunken-driving crashes every 48 minutes in 2017.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and NHTSA are working together to provide citizens with resources and information to get them home safely.

AgriLife Extension's Watch UR BAC program recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

  • Remember that it is never OK to drink and drive. Even if you've had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation, or use a ride sharing service to get home safely.
  • Use your community's sober ride program.
  • If you see a drunken driver on the road, contact 911.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.
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