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Message from Drive Smart Colorado
Thursday, January 29, 2015

What’s Your Game Plan for Super Bowl Sunday?

Drinking OR Driving?

The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1st, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That is why the Colorado Springs Police Department and their traffic safety partners, DRIVE SMART COLORADO, are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

People need to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road.

According to 2012 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 10,322 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States - 31 percent of all crash fatalities in the nation. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This February 1st, please don’t become a tragic Super Bowl statistic.

Drunk driving is completely preventable," said Maile Gray, DRIVE SMART COLORADO Executive Director. "All it takes is a little planning. We want fans to remember that it’s a choice. Drink OR drive but never do both."

Please check out some of the safety tips below:

For those hosting a Super Bowl Party:

  • Ask guests to designate a sober driver in advance.
  • Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter and serve coffee and dessert.
  • Have the local cab companies’ phone numbers on hand.

A final reminder: You, the host, could be liable for any impaired guest who leaves and gets involved in a crash.

Serving alcohol to anyone under age 21 could result in jail time.

For those who plan to drink:

  • Leave your keys at home.
  • Designate a sober driver or consider lining up a taxi.
  • Eat plenty of food, pace your drinking and alternate your drinks with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Remember, walking impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired.
  • When getting a ride home (with a sober driver), always wear your seat belt!

For those who plan to drive:

  • Please refrain from any alcohol. Enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Wear your seat belt and require all passengers to do the same.
  • Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life.

For more Super Bowl weekend safety information, please contact DRIVE SMART COLORADO at 719-444-7534.