TxDOT Wants To Curb High Drunk Driving Rate Among Young Hispanic Men

The public service announcements target Hispanics, urging not to drink and drive.
With Mexican Independence Day coming up next week, TxDOT wants to educate young Hispanic men about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Figures from TxDOT show nearly half of the drunk driving crashes in Texas involve Hispanic men between the ages of 18-34. A new awareness campaign is asking drivers to make a plan to get home safely, before they go to the party.

So what's behind the high DWI numbers?  

Arturo Marines is an accident investigator with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. He says some young immigrants may not be aware of the strict laws in Texas.

"The consequences are less severe in Mexico. I wouldn't call it a slap on the wrist, but it's not as severe."

And Marines says the young Hispanic men they arrest for DWI often have a high blood alcohol level. 

"And that comes back to, in Mexico or other Latin American communities, where again, the consequences are not  severe, they feel, 'well, if I can drink more then I can tolerate it.'"

Mexican Independence Day is next Monday, with lots of big gatherings planned around the area this weekend. 

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...