TXDot & Texas DPS team up for "Faces of Drunk Driving"

By: Alexandra Carter Email
By: Alexandra Carter Email

TEXAS -- Last year more than 1,100 people were killed in Texas in alcohol-related crashes. This year, Texas DPS and TxDOT are teaming up for a holiday campaign with a sobering message to help save lives.

On average, there's an alcohol related crash in Texas every 20 minutes.

Texas DPS has partnered with TxDot for their annual campaign "The Faces of Drunk Driving" featuring stories from real people who's lives have been forever changed from drunk driving.

Sean Carter of Dallas was in college and out drinking with friends in 2005 when he got into a pick-up truck, the driver lost control, leaving Carter paralyzed with a traumatic brain injury.

It's stories like these that TxDot hopes will help show the sobering realities of drunk driving before drivers hit the road this holiday weekend.

Tray Turner with TxDot says, "It could be the face of the person behind the wheel that caused the alcohol related crash. It could be the victim them self. It could be the mother or father to someone who did lose their child; it just really hits hard ."

The 'faces of drunk driving' includes drunk drivers, family members and victims, some as young as 9-years-old.

Carter is well into adulthood now, he knows he can't change the past, but he still has hopes for the future.

"I dream of having a good job, of falling in love, getting married and having children of my own."

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