Football fans are urged to plan ahead to help reverse the trend in alcohol-related crashes during Super Bowl weekend.

In Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) revealed that there were 258 alcohol-related crashes in the state during last year’s Super Bowl weekend. Those crashes killed eight people and seriously injured another 21.

“Super Bowl weekend is a potentially dangerous time for alcohol-related crashes,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “With so many transportation options available, there is absolutely no excuse to drink and drive. If you plan to drink alcohol, plan ahead for a sober ride. It’s a game plan that could save a life.”

Drivers under the influence of alcohol not only risk killing or seriously injuring themselves or others, but also face fines and fees, jail time and loss of their driver’s license.

This Super Bowl weekend, drivers are urged to find alternatives to drinking and driving, such as:

  • Designating a sober driver
  • Contacting a cab or ride-share service
  • Using mass transit
  • Asking a sober friend or family member for a ride home
  • Spending the night