Trooper David Jones
Kentucky State Police
Post 6, Dry Ridge
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Designated Drivers Should Always Start
Driving Drunk Will Penalize Your Super Bowl Plans
Date of News Release: 02/01/2012
[Kentucky Stte Police, Dry Ridge] –- The Super Bowl is America's most popular national sporting event. All across the country, millions of people gather to socialize and watch the big game. The U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with support from the National Football League (NFL) and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition, have joined forces with local highway safety and law enforcement officials to spread an important safety message to the public about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday – Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.
"This message is for everyone who will be drinking during the big game. Make the right play and pass your keys to a designated driver so they can get you home safely," said Trooper David Jones. "There is no excuse to get flagged for a false start. The men and women of the Kentucky State Police will be out to stop anyone who decides to drink and drive."
In 2010, alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.
Driving while impaired could result in a loss of your driver's license or even possibly the loss of your or someone else's life. On Super Bowl Sunday, make it a team effort to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. If you plan on driving, plan not to drink alcohol.
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 sober drivers.
- Find unique ways to recognize the designated drivers at your party
- Give them a great spot to watch the game.
- Whatever non-alcoholic beverage they are drinking, make sure their glass is always full.
- Let them have the first pass at the buffet table.
- Make sure their cars are easy to access when it is time to start driving people home.