Texas AAA program underscores dangers of drunken driving

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) AAA is launching an initiative called “Plan While You Can” in Texas aimed at underscoring the dangers of drinking and driving during spring break.

The program includes a statewide tour featuring an interactive dodgeball game where participants try to avoid incoming "beach balls" as virtual drinks are added to the screen.

As more drinks are added, participants experience how drinking can slow their reaction times as on-screen avatars begin responding more slowly to their players' movements.

The goal is to encourage spring break travelers who are planning to drink to make plans ahead of time to get home.

AAA advises using a designated driver, catching a cab or ride sharing service or an overnight stay.

In 2016 there were 24,563 alcohol-related traffic crashes in Texas that resulted in 987 fatalities and serious injury to 1,682 people.

That’s an 11.6 percent increase from 2015 according to AAA.

Of the total number, 410 of the crashes in 2016 occurred during spring break.

Those crashes killed 20 people and seriously injured 48 others.

More than half of the drivers were between the ages of 17 and 34 according to the Texas Department of Transportation.