Officials say Texas has the highest number of drunk-driving related deaths than any other state in the nation. Now a Texas attorney has proposed a law to help curb drinking and driving in the state.
"We make sure that we don't over-serve anybody. We make sure that everybody's of legal age when they come in here." Jan Black is a co-owner for OS2 pub in Marshall. "We try not to let people get intoxicated, if that should ever happen, we make sure they have a driver." Black says, she's not sure passing a law requiring bars to sell non-alcoholic beverages would be effective because those options are already available. "I don't see where that would have much of an impact, because most of the bars do that voluntarily."
Donnie McCowan lives in Marshall. He says, he thinks the law's intentions are good but he's not sure if it will really work. "There are going to be some people who're going to drink anyway. But if you're a designated driver, people in your party should be holding you accountable. It's an accountability factor so if someone has designated themselves to be a designated driver, they shouldn't drink at all."
Supporters of the bill are still looking for a local sponsor for the bill. They want it introduced when the Texas legislature convenes next week. They will continue to push for drunk driving checkpoints in Texas because it is one of a dozen states that currently doesn't have checkpoints.
Bexar County Texas Assistant District Attorney Cliff Herberg is in charge of the effort to make sure restaurants and bars have non-alcoholic options for designated drivers. He says, "Is this a cure-all? No. It's not a cure-all to driving while intoxicated, but it is something that we hope will encourage people to drink responsibly. Drinking has a social component to it, people want to feel like part of the group."