Safety Administration says designated drivers are MVPs
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sunday, Feb. 5 will be a big day for players, coaches, families, and fans around the country. The Super Bowl is America’s most popular national sporting event. Millions of people gather to socialize and watch the big game. But this Super Bowl Sunday will also mean an increased chance of drinking and driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with support from the National Football League and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management Coalition, has joined forces with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and law enforcement officials to spread an important message to the public about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday – “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.”
“This message is for everyone who will be drinking during the big game. Make the right play and pass your keys to a designated driver so they can get you home safely,” said Bill Bell, Acting Director, KOHS. “Don’t penalize yourself by making the wrong decision. Our state and local law enforcement agencies will be out to stop anyone who decides to drink and drive.”
In 2010, alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.
“We want everyone to enjoy the Super Bowl festivities, but more importantly – we want everyone to arrive home safely,” says Lt. David Jude, a KSP spokesman. “Troopers will increase patrols during and after the game to ensure that happens.”
Driving while impaired could result in a loss of your driver’s license or even worse – the loss of your or someone else’s life. On Super Bowl Sunday, make it a team effort to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. If you plan on driving, plan not to drink alcohol.
If you are hosting a Super Bowl party:
Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunken-driving crash.
If you are attending a Super Bowl party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant, please follow these guidelines to make sure you enjoy Super Bowl XLVI responsibly:
For more information, click here to visit NHTSA's Super Bowl XLVI Page.