In 2014, an estimated 9,967 people died in alcohol related crashes; decline from 10,076 drunk driving related fatalities of 2013. On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 53 minutes. Every day in America approximately 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. Drunk driving costs each adult in the United States almost $800 per year & the entire country $199 billion a year. The legal limit for intoxication in Texas is .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) however drivers can be stopped and cited for driving while impaired regardless of BAC level.  Texas also has a zero tolerance law. For anyone under 21, it is illegal to drive with any detectable amount of alcohol.

On June 19, 2015, Texas became the 25th state to pass an all-offender ignition interlock law. It requires all people caught driving while intoxicated (DWI) to have an ignition interlock installed on their vehicles in order to have their driving privileges restored following an arrest. Since then, Texas drunk driving deaths have decreased by 8.5%. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

What happens if you get stopped:

If a law enforcement officer asks you to take a blood or breath test in order to measure your BAC and you refuse, you are subject to an automatic 180-day suspension of your driver’s license.  Punishment for DWI varies depending on the number of times you’ve been stopped.

First offense :

  • A fine up to $2,000
  • 72 hours to 180 days in jail
  • Drivers license suspension of 90 days to a year

Second offense:

  • A fine up to $4,000
  • 30 days to a year in jail
  • Drivers license suspension of 180 days to two years

Third offense :

  • A fine up to $10,000
  • 2 to 10 years in a federal penitentiary
  • Drivers license suspension of 180 days to two years

Designated Driver

Safeway Drivers would like to encourage everyone to exercise sound judgment when planning to consume alcohol.  The decision to use a Designated Driver should not be based on economics; but even from a purely financial argument, if you believe you cannot afford a driver for a few hours, please refer to the cost of a DWI conviction.  Please don’t drink and drive, if you intend to drink, make a reservation Reserving a Designated Driver through Safeway Drivers provides peace of mind for everyone.  Further DWI statistics and safety data are available through organizations such as MADD, and NHTSA.  Please drink responsibly.