The Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse wants everyone to have a safe vacation.
ODESSA, Texas — Last year, there were 881 drunk driving accidents in West Texas that killed 42 people, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
The Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse has noted trends related to alcohol-related accidents near the end of the year.
“Alcohol-related accidents are quite prominent in our region throughout the year,” said Melessa Brenem, director of the Prevention Resource Center in Odessa. Societal norms are to go out, drink and have a good time, but our biggest driver is actually planning. ”
A designated driver is an important part of your plan.
Something so simple can actually save lives and prevent tragedies from happening.
“If you’re responsible for people with you and you need to take them home, have a designated driver. If you’re not going to be a designated driver, one Find out Uber, Lyft and taxi services In many places you can even get home safely There are so many ways to get home safely that there are no excuses Drunk driving is no excuse is not.”
Also, if you’re hosting a New Year’s celebration at home, it’s a good idea to keep alcohol from minors out of your celebration.