AUSTIN, TX -- As many football fans get ready for the Super Bowl this weekend, the Texas Department of Transportation is urging fans to get a safe ride home.
According to TxDOT officials, during a 24-hour period around last year's Super Bowl there were 112 DUI-alcohol traffic crashes, resulting in 39 serious injuries and four fatalities. Compared with the 2012 Super Bowl, those crashes represented a 12-percent increase in DUI-alcohol crashes in Texas.
"It's the biggest game of the year, so we understand people are going to be celebrating," said TxDOT spokesperson Becky Ozuna. "We just want people to think about it and get a plan beforehand, because its easier to organize when you are clear thinking."
Ozuna says there are many ways for fans to find a sober ride home.
"You can have one of your friends at the party or a couple of friends make the commitment that they are going to be sober and they are going to drive you home," said Ozuna. "Getting a taxi cab or finding public transportation is a really good option."
Those that pledge to drive sober for this year's game has a chance to win prizes. To register visit TexasGamePlan.com, text "GAMEPLAN" to 42330 or tweet your pledge to @TXDOT, with #GAMEPLAN.