As the Tigers prepare to take on the Prairie View A&M Panthers, campus officials are kicking off TSU’s 2009 traffic safety program. This program strives to remind students to make responsible choices for traffic safety issues such as sober driving and seat belt use. This event is held in conjunction with the launch of the Houston area Alcohol-Impaired Driving Labor Day Crackdown — Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.
Friday, September 4, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. At Sterling Student Life Center
Speakers: Ms. Eva Pickens, TSU Director of Communications
Chief Roger Byars, TSU Chief of Police
Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Harris County
Mr. Stuart Corder, TxDOT Director of Transportation Operations
Assistant Chief, Vicki King, Houston P.D.
Trooper John Sampa, Department of Public Safety
Mrs. Hope Rangel, Exec. Director, MADD S.E. Region
Rev. Joe Hubbard, Houston Ministers Against Crime
Frank Marrero, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Labor Day weekend is deadly — 519 people were killed in traffic crashes over Labor Day
Weekend in 2007 and 40% of those crashes involved an impaired driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
Drunk driving is rampant — 32% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities in 2007 involved a drunk driver or motorcycle rider — an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 45 minutes.
Texas suffers — in 2007, 1,333 people were killed In Texas in alcohol-related crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator who was at or above the legal limit.
These tragedies have a great impact on the African-American community. For example, in 2005, 1,466 African-Americans died in drunk-driving crashes nationwide