CASPER, Wyo. — “Fans don’t let fans drive drunk- stay in the game; use a designated driver” is the message being sent by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, ahead of the Superbowl on February 2, 2020.
Whether you’re cheering for the San Francisco 49ers or Kansas City Chiefs, for Super Bowl LIV, the NHTSA wants every Super Bowl party to “start with a game plan that prevents drunk driving.”
“Drunk driving kills. In 2018, there were 10,511 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers,” a statement from the NHTSA said. “You know that many Super Bowl parties will involve alcohol, so play it smart by having a winning game plan in place to not drink and drive.”
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NHTSA officials have offered up these reminders for party-goers, drinkers, and sports fans:
- Know the Rules: “It’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. When it comes to drinking and driving, law enforcement doesn’t throw a yellow flag; they throw the book at you. You’ll get pulled over, arrested, and prosecuted. Your wallet takes a big hit, too: the average DUI court case costs approximately $10,000.”
- Play It Safe: “Defenses win championships; your best defense is to plan a safe ride. From buses and trains to car services and designated drivers, connect with the option that will get you home safely.”
- Be a Party MVP: “Volunteer to be a designated driver. Let your squad know that you’ll be there for them when the party’s over with a safe, sober ride home. “
- If You’ve Been Drinking, You’re Benched: “There’s no place on the road for anyone who has been drinking. If someone tries to drive after drinking, tell them to ride the bench until you help them find a sober ride home. If you’re hosting the party, you’re the head coach. Make the right call: take their keys before they drink and drive.”