Butler Law – Taking Aim At The Drunk Driving Problem In Texas Part 1
As part of its comprehensive campaign against drunk driving, through the end of the year, the company producing Budweiser will be working in partnership with Lyft, the ride-sharing company on the campaign called “Give a Damn, Don’t Drive Drunk” or #GiveaDamn. The reason for the initiative is to encourage people who drink to do better planning and prevent them from getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. The initiative will be providing free rides in nine different states, which includes Texas, for individuals who have been drinking and make the decision to not drive home. This is an effort to help prevent drunk driving in various states, including Texas.
The companies in total will be offering as many as 10,000 ride credits on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for round-trip rides until the end of the year. This means that residents of Texas who are over 21 years old will be able to visit Budweiser’s Facebook or Instagram page at 2 p.m. on Thursdays to get a $20 Lyft ride credit, which is good for two one-way $10 rides. These ride credits need to be used in between 5 pm and 5 am Thursday, Friday, or Saturday nights. They are hoping to provide up to 150,00 rides by the time 2018 ends.
TxDOT Stepping Up Its Fight Against DUIs
It is just the most recent effort to get drunk driving stopped in the state of Texas, which over the years has become a big problem and never seems to let up. No matter how many campaigns, education programs, or public service announcements are made, along with common sense, there are still too many Texans who continue driving drunk and place everyone else out on the road in danger potentially.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), at the very same time, has been promoting what they call a “creative way” of taking on the drinking and driving problem within the state of Texas. To get drunk driving stopped in Texas, a virtual dodgeball game has been taken on the road by officials to show Texans how much a driver’s reflexes along with their ability to react can be impaired by drinking. Right before the start of the Labor Day weekend, the exhibition was taken by TxDOT to the University of Texas in Austin, partly due to the fact that a majority of alcohol-related accidents involve individuals between 18 to 35 years old.
The way this exhibit works is, a person steps up to a booth, and there is a screen tracking their movements as they attempt to dodge balls that are thrown at them. As this game progresses, the amount of alcohol is raised by the machine and it slows the player’s reaction times down. According to participants, the game started out very easy but ended up being very hard during those 75 seconds worth of gameplay. By the time they were at the end, players said that after having three drinks they were not able to dodge the ball. One UT student at least said that he couldn’t even think about drinking and driving since he wouldn’t have any way of avoiding hitting somebody in that situation. So the exhibit does appear to be effective.