Gainesville Daily Register

Local News

December 12, 2012

TxDOT steps up P.A.S.S. effort

— As Texans are planning to celebrate the holidays, the Texas Department of Transportation is launching a holiday campaign with a renewed focus on the importance of planning for a sober ride home.

TxDOT’s “Holiday P.A.S.S.” (Person Appointed to Stay Sober) campaign encourages Texans to give the gift of a sober ride and make it easier for sober drivers to enjoy the festivities without drinking alcohol.

“Texans can help make the holidays joyful all season long by giving the gift of a sober ride home or by offering a non-alcoholic drink option at their holiday parties,” said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. “Safety is a top priority for us at TxDOT and we’re asking Texans to make a commitment to safe, sober driving this holiday season.”

Holiday drinking and driving poses a serious threat for all holiday travelers on the road. During last year’s holiday season (Dec. 1, 2011, through Jan. 1, 2012) there were 2,462 alcohol-related traffic crashes in Texas, resulting in 842 serious injuries and 78 fatalities. During the upcoming holiday season, law enforcement officers throughout the state will work thousands of additional hours to crack down on drunk driving, including implementing no-refusal programs in many jurisdictions.

To assist TxDOT in spreading the Holiday P.A.S.S. life-saving message, the Texas Hospitality Association is distributing customizable sober driver “gift certificates” and other materials in stores across the state where alcohol is sold. Additionally, award-winning mixologist, Rob Pate, owner of restaurants Peche’ and Cherry Street in Austin, is creating three signature non-alcoholic drinks for the holidays that will be promoted for holiday parties.  

For tips on planning ahead for sober drivers and safe rides after holiday festivities, visit the Holiday P.A.S.S. Facebook page at www.facebook.com/txdot or the Pinterest page at www.pinterest.com/holidaypass.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • United Way campaign begins

    This year’s Cooke County United Way campaign kicks off today at 7:30 a.m. with a pep rally and an all day open house at the main office located at 114 E. Main St. in downtown Gainesville.

    August 1, 2014

  • Comptroller releases local tax allocations

    Gainesville, Lindsay and Oak Ridge and Cooke County will receive an increase of tax allocations in the second quarter from the State Comptroller’s office compared with last year.

    August 1, 2014

  • TCOG program is a life changer

    Determination and hard work can change lives.
    Leisa Bennett, a client of the Texoma Council of Governments Family Self-Sufficiency program is a shining example of that change.

    July 31, 2014

  • Storm creates cavern on Broadway

    Heavy rains on Wednesday night created a cavern on west Broadway Street where Gainesville’s Street Utility Maintenance Program (SUMP) project is constructing a new storm drain.

    August 1, 2014

  • Kent Sharp to head Development Corporation of Abilene

    Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) executive director Kent Sharp will leave his position Aug. 22 to pursue a new opportunity, accepting an offer from the city of Abilene to become the CEO  of the Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA).

    July 31, 2014

  • Leadership Leadership Gainesville seeks applicants

    Speak with excitement.
    Ask any one of the former Leadership Gainesville graduates about their experiences in the program, and they will all respond the same way, with excitement.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • thornberry Thornberry introduces land dispute bill

    The land dispute between the federal government and Texans who live along the Red River was the subject of a hearing in the U.S. House Wednesday as the Resources Committee explored the “Red River Private Property Protection Act (H.R. 4979).”

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Economic development corporation approves helping fund youth barn bleachers

    Bleachers are in the works for the Cooke Country Fair building as the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) approved funding for one third of the cost of the project, shared equally with Cooke County and the Cooke County Fair Association.

    July 30, 2014

  • MISD employees honored MISD employees honored

    Clay Richerson, superintendent of Muenster ISD, awarded employees for their years of service to the district at a breakfast earlier this summer.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Era school board approves new construction

    Era Independent School District board members approved the construction of a new addition to the high school, according to the July 21 unofficial minutes.

    July 30, 2014

Featured Ads
Poll

What are your plans for the upcoming vacation season?

Stay close to home.
Take the trip of a lifetime.
See more of the fabulous sites in Texas.
Haven't decided.
     View Results
Facebook
Twitter Feed
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide