Impaired driving is a problem nationwide. Texas has ranked in the top 10 states for six consecutive years for alcohol-related fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (NHTSA Driving FACTS). It is important to note that impaired driving refers to alcohol, drug or fatigue-impairment.
The purpose of this website is to create awareness about the impaired driving problem and to offer resources and support for countermeasures against impaired driving.
What began as an informal meeting has evolved over the last 10 years to create the current task force. The task force includes Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) subgrantees and other stakeholders not directly affiliated with TxDOT’s Traffic Safety Section.
The task force meets at least twice a year, and provides insight and guidance to TxDOT’s alcohol and other drug countermeasure program.
Members of the task force include representatives from law enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, prevention, advocacy, media development/communications, traffic safety education, treatment, research, training, alcohol service, driver licensing, employers, administrative sanctioning, and public health/medical. The members represent different aspects of the impaired driving issue as well as the geographic and demographic diversity of the state.
Find out more about our members on the Member Spotlight section of the website.
What We’re Doing
Texas is creating awareness about the impaired driving issue by educating its citizens through educator toolkits, courses, peer-to-peer groups and media outreach campaigns.
Texas is stepping up enforcement through Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grants and impaired driving mobilization grants.
Groups like the Texas Impaired Driving Task Force and statewide coalitions are creating partnerships to attack the problem from many different angles.
The Texas Impaired Driving Task Force meets several times during the year to discuss current projects funded by TxDOT, as well as the strengths and gaps related to deterrence (statutes, enforcement, prosecution, etc.), judicial issues, prevention (including media and educational initiatives), rehabilitation/treatment, and systematic challenges related to data collection and analysis. This task force allows members to discuss the different aspect of the complex process related to impaired driving and develop effective solutions.