The rows of flags at Nessler Park serve as a poignant reminder that, despite increased enforcement, too many Texans lose their lives in alcohol-related accidents on the state’s roadways.

In 2012, nearly 1,500 people died in alcohol-related crashes in Texas. Too many of those, represented by Texas flags in the six-acre exhibit, were people younger than 21.

The display, which is open through today, is sponsored by the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol in partnership with the United Way Galveston County Mainland, the city of Texas City and the city’s school districts and police department.

While new programs, such as the no refusal program that targeted getting drunken drivers off the road during spring break, there still are too many alcohol-related deaths. One avenue that could help tremendously is educating young people about the dangers of drunken driving.

For information about the council and its programs, visit www.bacoda.org.

• Dave Mathews

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