Approximately 1,000 people in Texas are killed in alcohol-related crashes every year. Not cool. Drinking and driving can also land you in jail and lead to consequences you can't even imagine. Alcohol and asphalt don't mix. If you're drinking, don't get behind the wheel and take a chance on being arrested or hurting yourself or someone else. Drinking and driving isn't worth it. Find a sober ride!
It is illegal for anyone under 21 to buy, have or drink alcohol in any way, shape or form. That means it’s illegal to drive with ANY alcohol in your system. Here’s what happens the first time you’re snagged for driving under the influence (DUI) if you’re under 21.
In Texas, the legal limit for intoxication is 0.08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration). However, drivers can be stopped and cited when impaired regardless of BAC. Here’s what happens the first time you’re busted driving while intoxicated (DWI) if you’re 21 or over.
If you’re caught drunk in the driver’s seat (0.08 BAC or higher), you can also face DWI criminal penalties.
The cost of a DWI in Texas ranges from place to place. See how the costs could add up:
Plan ahead so you get home safely. Once you start drinking, it’s easy to be misled that you’re okay to drive. Consuming alcohol can impair judgment. As a result, people may think they’re OK to drive when they are not.
Alcohol slows a driver’s reaction time, reduces their ability to properly gauge speed or distance from other objects and makes it difficult for them to focus on the road. Sometimes, one or two drinks are all it takes to impair someone’s ability to drive. The more you drink, the greater the effect.
Texas law makes it illegal for someone with a blood alcohol content - or BAC - of 0.08 percent or higher to drive a vehicle. Some people may reach this limit after only one or two drinks, depending on their body size and other factors. Driving “buzzed” with a BAC less than 0.08 can also be a form of impaired driving and dangerous. Drivers can be stopped and arrested by law enforcement when impaired — regardless of BAC. Impaired drivers risk killing, disabling, disfiguring and injuring themselves and others.
Planning ahead for a sober ride is the best way to ensure you get home safely. Don’t wait until after you have started drinking. Designate a driver or arrange for someone you trust to pick you up. That also applies to others you know. If you know someone who is about to drive impaired, take their keys and find them a sober ride home.