TAVARES — The Super Bowl brings together families, friends and fans each year to enjoy the excitement of the big game. But while people gather to watch the game at sports bars, restaurants or home parties, officials are spreading an important safety message to the public about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday, with the slogan, “Fans don’t let fans drive drunk.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk-driving fatalities account for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the U.S. “Before choosing to drink, choose a sober designated driver. Avoid the unsportsmanlike conduct of driving drunk by handing off your keys so that you, your passengers and everyone on our roads can safely arrive home,” said Sgt. Tom McKane, Chairman of the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team. “Drunk driving is always preventable, and driving drunk could result in seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else. Motorists can expect law enforcement to have a visible presence and to stop anyone who makes the dangerous decision to drink and drive.”
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:
• Ensure your guests designate their sober drivers before kick-off or help arrange ride-sharing.
• Serve plenty of food and offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverage choices.
• Serve alcohol only to guests 21 or older.
• Add the numbers of local cab companies into your phone so they are just one touch away.
• Be prepared for guests to spend the night if an alternative way home is not available.
• You may be liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.
If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:
• Designate your sober driver before the party begins.
• If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend or family member to pick you up; or if possible stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.
• Always buckle up. It’s still your best defense against other drunk drivers.
For more information, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov. For more information on the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, call 352-483-9048.