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The Dallas Examiner | 12/7/2014, 8:40 p.m.
The city of Lancaster is collecting new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items to support the families served by the ...

The Dallas Examiner

LANCASTER

The city of Lancaster is collecting new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items to support the families served by the Lancaster Outreach Center.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

• City Hall, 211 N. Henry St.

• Public Safety Building, 1650 N. Dallas Ave.

• Fire Station #2, 3132 N. Houston School Road

• Fire Station #3, 1960 W. Beltline Road

For more information regarding city of Lancaster outreach programs, call 972-218-1300 or visit http://www.lancaster-tx.com.

LANCASTER

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce will host its 2014 Legislative Sendoff, a reception honoring Rep. Helen Giddings of Dist. 109, Sen. Royce West of Dist. 23, Rep. Cindy Burkett of Dist. 113, Rep. Yvonne Davis of Dist. 111, Sen. Brian Birdwell of Dist. 22 and Rep. Toni Rose of Dist. 110. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of North Texas at Dallas, located at 7300 University Hill Blvd. For more information, visit http://www.lancastertexas.org.

AUSTIN

The Texas Department of Transportation has launched its holiday initiative to remind drivers to stay safe and sober when traveling to and from parties and other celebrations.

“We want drivers to have fun over the holidays, but more importantly, we want them to celebrate responsibly,” said TxDOT Executive Director Lt. Gen. Joe Weber, USMC (Ret). “Make a sober ride part of your plans and don’t let one bad choice ruin the holidays for you and your family.”

TxDOT’s Sober Ride Sleigh will be visiting more than a dozen cities across Texas to draw attention to the importance of having a sober ride. The “sleigh” is a donated limousine wrapped to look like a holiday gift. It will visit shopping malls, parades and other holiday-related venues.

During last year’s holiday season – Dec. 1, 2013 through Jan. 1, 2014 – there were 2,367 DUI-alcohol traffic crashes in Texas resulting in 763 serious injuries and 92 fatalities. While these figures are staggering, DUI traffic fatalities actually decreased 8.9 percent compared with the same time frame the previous year.

“A decrease in fatalities is always welcome news and I think it speaks to the importance of our aggressive impaired driving campaigns,” Weber said. “As Texans, however, we must do better because one life lost to impaired driving is not only tragic, but also preventable.”

The campaign occurs in conjunction with law enforcement’s increased holiday efforts to crack down on drunk driving and curb vehicle crashes and fatalities. In many jurisdictions, no-refusal programs will be implemented.

TxDOT also is partnering with the National Safety Council and some of the state’s largest employers to help promote the safe and sober message this holiday season. The Texas Hospitality Association and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission also will be distributing sober ride materials in stores and venues where alcohol is sold.

Partygoers in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio can download a public transportation app on their iPhone, Android or Blackberry to find subway, bus, train, taxi, walking and biking smart routes, schedules and fees.

Texans who make a pledge to have a sober ride this holiday season can enter to win donated prizes, including a day at the Richard Petty Racing Experience at Texas Motor Speedway or a SpaFinder gift certificate. Three runners-up each will win an American Express gift card. Contest details and ways to enter can be found at http://www.holidaysoberride.com.

Sober ride information can be found at http://www.soberrides.org for assistance.