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  For Immediate Release: January 29, 2014
Contact: S/Lt. Anne Ralston or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk
Make the right play for the big game to save your life and others

COLUMBUS - As Super Bowl Sunday approaches and football fans across the country prepare for the game, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with the National Football League (NFL) and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition, have joined forces with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) to spread the message about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday, because – Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.  Please be sure to designate a sober driver if you plan to drink alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday.

Super Bowl Sunday is one of America’s biggest and most entertaining national sporting events as friends and families gather to socialize and watch the game. During last year’s Super Bowl, the Patrol made 63 OVI arrests from Feb. 3, 2013, at 6 a.m. through Feb. 4, 2013, at 6 a.m.  During this 24-hour reporting period, there were three fatalities and 209 injuries resulting from traffic crashes. One of the traffic fatalities and 34 of the injuries were OVI-related.

“While we want people to enjoy the big game, we want them to do so responsibly,” said Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety.  “We want everyone to take the appropriate steps to ensure they get home safely.”

To help keep the roads safe this Super Bowl weekend, more than 99 local law enforcement agencies around the state will be providing extra enforcement funded by federal grants provided through OTSO.

“We can’t fight the battle against impaired driving on our own – we need your commitment to make our roads safe,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “You can contribute to a safer Ohio by actively influencing friends and family to make safe, responsible decisions -- like planning ahead to designate a driver and insisting that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.”

Designating a sober driver should be on the top of everyone’s Super Bowl party list along with these tips to stay safe:

If you are hosting a Super Bowl party:

  • Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers before kick-off or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
  • Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Only serve alcohol to guests over 21 years of age.
  • Be prepared for guests to spend the night if an alternative way home is not available.

If you are attending a Super Bowl party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant:

  • Designate your sober driver before the party begins and leave your car keys at home if you plan to drink.
  • 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.
  • Take appropriate steps to prevent anyone from driving while impaired. Remember, Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
  • Always buckle up – it’s still your best defense against other impaired drivers.


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