TxDOT's NEW 'FAN VAN' SERVES UP SOBER DRIVING MESSAGE WHILE TAILGATING NEAR KYLE FIELD
WHEN: Saturday, November 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: The Fan Van will be at Rudder Plaza near the Memorial Student Center, located at Joe Routt Blvd. and Houston St. in College Station.
MEDIA: Designed to look like a giant football, the Fan Van offers unique photo opportunities for the media while making the rounds at Texas tailgating events. Football fans can enter to win a 'Man Cave' and other prizes by pledging not to drink and drive.
AUSTIN - From parking lot barbecues to colorful team spirit, football tailgating is a Texas tradition. At the Texas A&M-Mississippi State game, one very special tailgate will serve fans an important and potentially life-saving message about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Visiting select college and pro football games around the state, the Texas Department of Transportation's Fan Van reminds people to make a game plan before kickoff for having a sober ride home after the game.
The Fan Van also offers football fans the chance to win donated prizes, including a Man Cave and $500 Best Buy gift cards. The Man Cave features a flat-screen TV, home theater system, a massage chair and a folding poker table, among other prizes.
To be eligible, potential winners must pledge not to drink and drive this football season. In 2012, 1,612 DUI-alcohol traffic crashes occurred in Texas on football game days when a Texas college or professional team was playing, causing 57 deaths.
In College Station, there were 13 DUI-alcohol traffic crashes in 2012 on football game days when a Texas college or professional team was playing, compared with 23 alcohol-related traffic crashes in 2011.
For more information, contact TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@txdot.gov or (512) 463-8700.