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.
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)…
In the last 10 years, the Austin Police Department arrested 64,023 individuals for Driving While Intoxicated. During the same decade, the department investigated 5,868 DWI crashes, of which 195 resulted in death. Sadly, nearly 200 of our neighbors and friends…
Increase the metro rail run time through 4am on all days of the week, and increase the amount of trains running during festivals.
The metro rapid lines should run until 2:30 am on Thursday-saturday nights. At the very least, there should be a last call bus (or two) for each route.