HOUSTON (February 26, 2016)

The kick-off of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo marks the start of the city’s annual weeks-long extravaganza of mutton-busting, bull-riding, star-studded concerts and, of course, world-class barbecue. Every year, more than 2.5 million people descend on NRG Park to take part in the spectacle of one of the Bayou City’s biggest events of the year. Amid the non-stop entertainment, free-flowing beer taps and heavy crowds, the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute care team wants to remind RodeoHouston visitors how to stay safe and drive sober this season.

“The rodeo is always a fun-filled event for the entire family, but unfortunately we typically see a spike in trauma cases this time of year, usually related to intoxication,” said Dr. Samuel Prater, UTHealth emergency medicine physician and medical director of emergency services at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. “Visitors can help keep themselves and others safe by making smart choices, drinking in moderation, and handing over the keys when they’re drinking at all.”