“Drink. Drive. Go to Jail”

Billboards threaten drivers in Texas with the assertion “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail,” which clearly implies than any consumption of alcohol before driving is illegal and will result in incarceration.

Of course, its only illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Therefore, the billboards present a falsehood apparently intended to intimidate drivers into abstinence.

In reaction to these dishonest billboards, Mimi Coffey of Fort Worth has posted a billboard of her own. “Drink, Drive -- go to jail. Another government lie.” She earlier posted a billboard asking rhetorically “Who said responsible social drinking is illegal?”

Ms. Coffey wants both the Texas Department of Transportation, which created the slogan, and anti-alcohol activists to stop putting out propaganda that’s creating an atmosphere of terror. She says the crusade unnecessarily scares people and is part of an effort to discourage alcohol consumption under any circumstances.


  • Mosier, Jeff. Fighting MADD over the DWI “lie.” Dallas Morning News, 4-22-04; Douglas, Jim. FW attorney said she’s simply countering ‘government lie.’ WFAA-TV, Fort Worth, TX, 4-22-04.

Filed Under: Drinking and Driving