TxDOT said in a written statement that Lotería is a Mexican game of chance similar to bingo. Some of the outcomes from drinking and driving might be loss of a driver license, paying a fine, or spending time in jail.
TxDot said its Lotería truck is “a bilingual, culturally relevant campaign aimed at encouraging Hispanic drivers, as well as others, to never drink and drive.”
The truck was in Laredo on Saturday; it goes to McAllen on April 26, Corpus Christi on April 27 and Lubbock on May 3. The Lotería truck’s visit to Lubbock will coincide with the Cinco De Mayo celebration.
“Hispanic citizens make up approximately one-third of our state’s population,” said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. “This time of year is important and fun, because Easter and Cinco de Mayo hold special cultural significance.”
Barton also said, “We just want to remind everyone that DUI-alcohol crashes are 100 percent preventable, and that one smart decision not to drink and drive can save someone’s life, including your own.”
TxDOT said in 2013 there were 25,158 DUI-alcohol crashes in Texas that resulted in 8,702 serious injuries and 1,022 deaths.