5 Ways to Have a Safe Fiesta!
Fiesta San Antonio kicks off April 19th thru the 29th. That’s 11 days of fun in and around our great city, which will include a lot of eating and drinking, and unfortunately, also some driving under the influence. At the San Antonio Police Officers’ Association, we are determined to help lower the number of people who choose to drink and drive during this time of year. Throughout the course of Fiesta 2017, 270 people were arrested on DWI charges. That number was up 13% from 2016 when DWI charges were 238 across Bexar County.
In order to make San Antonio a safe environment for everyone celebrating during Fiesta, we’re asking that you make a pledge to not drink and drive by adding the hashtag #SafeFiesta to all your Fiesta related posts, visuals, and videos. Help spread this awareness and you could save a life in the process.
Here are some other tips on how to keep San Antonio safe from drunk drivers:
- Choose a designated driver who will not drink if you’re consuming alcohol.
- Ask for a ride from a friend or a family member.
- Make sure you’re not drinking on an empty stomach and that you’re drinking water in between alcoholic drinks.
- Call a cab or use a ride share app like Uber of Lyft.
- Use public transportation.
Another way to keep San Antonio safe is to become an advocate for sober driving when you’re not out celebrating. Be the friend to offer someone a ride home, take the keys away from someone who might appear to be drunk. It’s okay to be the party pooper if it means you could save a life in the process.
Remember the real purpose of Fiesta! The great food, parades and events that make up the San Antonio tradition have been around for over 100 years, and we continue to celebrate in order to show pride in ourselves. Help make Fiesta safe. Offer to be a designated driver and discourage heavy drinking. Together, we can have a #SafeFiesta!