CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Texas Department of Transportation is trying to make the roads as safe as possible for students who will soon be out on Spring Break.
TxDOT kicked off a new campaign called "Plan While You Can." It's all about finding sober rides to and from the beaches.
A news conference was held Monday and involved a virtual reality experience where participants are part of a trivia game posing questions related to alcohol and driving. In the VR experience, players have to try to avoid jail by answering those questions.
Winners move on to a waiting taxi, where they recieve a safe ride home.
During the news conference, TxDOT and the Port Aransas Police Department explained the repercussions of drunk driving. Officials said last year, Spring Break in Texas resulted in more than 400 crashes involving young drivers under the influence of alcohol. Those accidents killed 11 people and seriously injured close to 40.
Officials from each agency said law enforcement will be out in full force in and around Port Aransas looking for drunk drivers.
"There's no warning for drinking and driving intoxicated. That's a straight to jail fine," Department of Public Safety Sgt. Nathan Brandley said. "You'll be arrested and of course taken to the Nueces County Jail where you'll wait to see a judge."
DPS wants to remind people that if you are under 21, you cannot have any alcohol in your system. If you are 21 or older, a blood alcohol content of .08 or high is beyond the legal limit.
A DUI can cost up to $17,000 in fines and fees, and can result in jail time and the loss of your driver's license.
If you are headed to the beach this Spring Break, plan accordingly to have a responsible ride home, and do not drink and drive.
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