EUSTIS -- The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is reminding football fans that if Super Bowl XLV® celebration plans include alcohol, make the right decision before kickoff and always have a designated driver.
“We want everyone to make the right decision for Super Bowl,” said Sgt. Tom McKane, Chairman of the CTST. “Having a designated driver should be an obvious call in everyone’s play book. Making sure designated drivers know how much we appreciate their responsible decision is what will make this year’s celebration extra special – and extra safe.”
Here are some tips if you are hosting a Super Bowl party:
- Make sure all guests designate their sober drivers before kick-off or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers
- Find unique ways to recognize the designated drivers at your party, like giving them a great spot to watch the game; making sure their non-alcoholic beverage is always full; letting them have the first pass at the buffet table; or making sure their cars are easy to access when it is time to start driving people home .
- Serve plenty of food
- Offer a variety of non-alcoholic choices like soft drinks, juice and water
- Serve one drink at a time and serve measured drinks
- Only serve alcohol to guests over 21 years of age
- Determine ahead of time when you’ll stop serving alcohol, such as one hour before the end of the party or at the end of the third quarter of the game (just like NFL stadiums)
- Add the numbers of local cab companies into your phone so they are just one touch away
- Take appropriate steps to prevent anyone from driving while impaired
- Be prepared for guests to spend the night if an alternative way home is not available
Some suggestions for those attending a Super Bowl party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant include:
- Designate your sober driver before the party begins and leave your car keys at home if you plan to drink
- Find unique ways to recognize the designated drivers when you are out at a bar or restaurant, like offering to be the designated driver the next time you go out; covering the cost for parking or even pay for a tank of gas; making sure that their non-alcoholic beverage is always full; or picking up the tab for their food and drink.
- Before you go out, add the numbers for local cab companies in your cell phone so if you find yourself in need of a ride, it is just one touch away
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself—eat enough food, take breaks and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
- Take appropriate steps to prevent anyone from driving while impaired.
- Always buckle up – it’s your best defense on the road
The national “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” message is supported by the National Football League (NFL), the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and the HERO Campaign and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition.
For more information about the “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign, log on to www.FansDontLetFansDriveDrunk.org or www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired. For information on the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, contact Sgt. Tom McKane at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Cheryl Sutherland at email@example.com.