Responsible fans were rewarded at the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2017. The race marks the third time the track, NASCAR and TEAM Coalition have partnered to promote drunk driving prevention, responsible drinking and traffic safety.
Before the race, 113 fans made the pledge to be the designated driver for their group. All of them had the opportunity to autograph the responsibility wall, to receive a free souvenir photo and instant prizes, and to enter for a chance to be selected as the Designated Driver for the Race. One randomly selected, responsible fan will win the Responsibility Has Its Rewards sweepstakes. The grand prize includes two tickets and a VIP experience for two at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 8, 2018.
The Designated Driver for the Race from the Spring 2017 race, Chris Walters, received two tickets and two VIP Experiences at the AAA Texas 500. Chris and his guest also enjoyed a behind-the-scenes experience before the race on Sunday, that included the driver meeting, an autograph from Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a tour around the garages.
US DOT / NHTSA 2016 NATIONAL DATA:
• In 2016, 10,497 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related (BAC > 0.08) car crashes, an increase of 1.7% from the 10,265 fatalities in 2015.
• Many, if not most of those lives would have been saved if people did not drive when they were impaired by alcohol or if they used sober, designated drivers or if they simply wore their seat belts.
• Statistics and research clearly show that 21-34 year old males are the demographic most likely to be involved in an automobile crash