(The following is a release from the Vermont State Police:)
The Super Bowl is one of America’s most highly anticipated sports events, when family and friends gather in homes, bars and restaurants to celebrate. As Super Bowl Sunday approaches and football fans across the country prepare for the game, the Vermont State Police are joining the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Football League (NFL) to spread the message about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday, because — Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
Vermont law enforcement will be tweeting the days leading up to and during Super Bowl Sunday, with traffic safety messages using the hashtag #soberbowl. Follow us at www.twitter.com/VTStatePolice
Last year in Vermont, there were 49 DUI arrests, seven impaired crashes, and a total of 122 crashes during Super Bowl weekend — statewide. According to NHTSA, in 2011, 9,878 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These crashes were 31 percent more likely to occur on weekends than on weekdays. Whether attending the game, watching at a bar or hosting a party, NHTSA, the NFL and the Vermont State Police remind everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. Before choosing to drink, choose your team’s MVP — a sober designated driver. NHTSA offers these additional safety tips:
If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:
• Designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins.
• If you don’t have a designated driver, then ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay for the night.
• Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:
• Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely.
• Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
• Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
• Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink.
And remember, your seat belt is your best defense against a drunk driver in a crash.