Houston Attorney Supports TxDOT's Efforts to Tackle Game Day Drinking and Driving

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A statewide initiative aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of football game day drinking and driving could help to make Texas roads safer, Houston attorney Brad T. Wyly says.

Brad T. Wyly

Football fans need to get the message that they and everyone else on the road will be much better off if they pass the keys after they have been drinking at a stadium or in front of a TV at a bar or house during the game.

Don’t allow drinking and driving to turn a beautiful autumn weekend watching your favorite Houston college or pro football team into a nightmare, Houston personal injury attorney Brad T. Wyly says.

“Studies show that the drinking and driving that often revolves around college and pro football games is a serious problem,” Wyly says. “Football fans need to get the message that they and everyone else on the road will be much better off if they pass the keys after they have been drinking at a stadium or in front of a TV at a bar or house during the game.”

Wyly points out that, according to TxDOT, 30.9 percent of the traffic fatalities that occurred in Texas in 2009 were caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol. Out of the 27,237 DUI/DWI crashes in Texas in that year, 1,547 occurred on a day when a Texas football team was playing.

Additionally, a 2009 University of Colorado study, “College Football Games and Crime,” reported that college football home games are associated with a 13 percent increase in drunk driving arrests, while a New England Journal of Medicine study found that driving fatalities increased 41 percent after a recent Super Bowl telecast.

Wyly is the founding partner of Wyly Law Firm, P.C., which represents the victims of motor vehicle accidents, including those involving drunk drivers, throughout Houston, Harris County and surrounding communities.

Having witnessed the devastating impact alcohol-related car accidents can have on victims and their families, including catastrophic injuries and death, Wyly says he is in full support of a recently launched initiative by the Texas Department of Transportation (Tx DOT) to raise awareness of football game day drinking and driving.

“I hope this campaign encourages football fans to be responsible about drinking and driving,” Wyly says. “This campaign should remind fans about the criminal consequences of drunk driving, such as a DUI/DWI arrest, as well as the harm they could cause themselves and others that could subject them to a civil lawsuit. As that message gets out, I think it could help to make our state’s roads safer.”

Instead of getting behind the wheel, Wyly says football fans that drink beer, wine or liquor during a game should instead call a taxi, take a bus or call a sober friend or family member to arrange for a safe way home.

He also reminds those who operate bars or host football game day tailgaters or parties that they can face consequences as well under Texas’ social host liability laws.

“You could face liability if you serve alcoholic beverages to a person who is so obviously intoxicated that he or she presents a clear danger to their self or others at the time they are sold or served alcohol,” Wyly says.

About Wyly Law Firm
The Wyly Law Firm, P.C., handles cases in Houston and the surrounding communities, including Baytown, Harris County, Pasadena, Galveston and Beaumont. The firm also handles business law issues and disputes. Attorney Brad T. Wyly, the firm’s founder, is a skilled negotiator and lawyer. Wyly has extensive experience in personal injury cases, including claims involving complex accidents, catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths. He was named a Rising Star in Law & Politics magazine in 2005 and 2006. To contact Wyly Law Firm, P.C., call (713) 574-7034 or use the firm’s online form.

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