The new designated driver
In Texas, close to 40 percent of traffic fatalities are alcohol related, and nearly 100,000 DUI arrests were made last year. That’s a problem - and Austin is no exception. With unprecedented access to ridesharing, public transportation, taxis, TNCs like Lyft and Uber, and smart phones, all Austinites should be accountable for our impaired driving problem. Through education on these services and the development of new options, Austinites can improve public safety and begin to tame the social stigma of needing a safe ride home.
Watch the live streamed panel discussion on Impaired Driving.
Enforcing legislation that attempts to reduce #distracted driving is difficult on the state-wide or local level. Despite the difficulty the approval of both local and state-wide cell-phone bans makes individuals think twice about pulling out their phone on their drive.
Use proceeds from the mixed beverage sales tax to expand and enhance Cap Metro service specifically after midnight.
Stop towing cars from bar/nightclub districts at 3AM. This encourages people to drink and drive, out of fear that their car will be towed if they get a sober ride home.
Lot owners within a set distance (say, 500 feet)…
Institute a rule to release public records from DWI-related accidents to the victims earlier and without a fight. Victims of Drunk Driving as not allowed to get all of the records held by the Austin Police Department until the related…
There should be a live TransitScreen near the exit of every bar and restaurant in the city to deter drinking and driving. #VisionZero