EUSTIS — As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is encouraging all citizens whose Super Bowl XLVI party plans include alcohol consumption, to drink responsibly and always have a designated driver.
“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 Sgt. Tom McKane, Chairman for the Lake County CTST. “Local law enforcement 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.
Driving while impaired could result in a loss of your driver’s license or even possibly loss of life. On Super Bowl Sunday, if you plan on driving, plan not to drink alcohol.
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind if you are hosting a Super Bowl party:
- Make sure all of your guests have designated drivers before kick-off and/or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers, and be sure to only serve alcohol to guests over 21 years of age.
- Serve plenty of food, and offer a variety of non-alcoholic choices like soft drinks, juice, and water.
- Have the numbers of local cab companies clearly posted and in your cell phone so they are easily assessable if/when needed.
- 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.
- Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind if you are attending a Super Bowl party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant:
- Have a designated, sober driver before the party begins, and if you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.
- Have the numbers of local cab companies programmed into your cell phone so they are always handy if/when needed.
- Always buckle up – it’s the best defense against other drunk driving.
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, visit http://ics.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/SuperBowl. For information on the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, call (352) 483-9048.