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Game Plan for Super Bowl 50: Are You Drinking or Are You Driving?

This is NOT the Time for an Option Play

[Anchorage, AK] – The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl 50 Sunday, February 7, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Alaska highway safety and law enforcement officials are urging football fans and partygoers to call the play now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

NHTSA’s Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people 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 to you or others on the road.

According to data from the Alaska Highway Safety Office, from 2012-2014 183 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in Alaska, 49 of those were alcohol-impaired-driving crashes—27 percent of all fatalities. The numbers go even higher on weekends. (There were 25 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, making up 41 percent of all fatalities that occurred during weekends.) A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, the set limit in all states. This February 7, don’t become a tragic Super Bowl stat.

“Impaired driving is completely preventable, said Lt. Dave Hanson of the Alaska State Troopers. “With a little preparation, fans will be able to enjoy the game and feel confident that they have a plan to make it home safely. If you choose to drink or take drugs, please don’t drive.”

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For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it’s a friend, relative, taxi, or public transportation. Use NHTSA’s new SaferRide mobile app. The app helps people who have been drinking get a safe ride home; it helps users call a taxi or a friend and identifies their location so they can be picked up. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play, and Apple devices on the iTunes store.

For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a crucial role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl 50 party, designate a responsible driver before the game begins. One way to thank your designated driver is by tweeting @NHTSAgov the name of your designated driver during Super Bowl 50, which will appear on NHTSA’s Wall of Fame.

If you’re the designated driver, be sure to tweet your name to @NHTSAgov during Super Bowl 50, and make NHTSA’s Wall of Fame!

For more Super Bowl weekend safety information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/SuperBowl

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