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Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk, So Game Plan for a ‘Super Sunday’
Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk, So Game Plan for a ‘Super Sunday’

 

The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event, and on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why The Resource Training Center of Amherst, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and local law enforcement officials are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, these organizations encourage you to designate a sober driver to get you home safely! 

“Fans don’t let fans drive drunk,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center. “Before choosing to drink, choose a sober designated driver. Avoid the unsportsmanlike conduct of driving drunk by handing off your keys so that you, your passengers and everyone on our roads can safely arrive home. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road.”

According to data from NHTSA, in 2012 there were 10,322 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, the legal limit in all states. This Feb. 1, don’t become a tragic Super Bowl stat. 

Are You Drinking?

If so, don’t drive. Follow these tips to have fun, stay alive, and avoid getting pulled over or crashing your vehicle on game day.

• Before Super Bowl Sunday, make a game plan that includes a sober driver – someone who is not drinking at all. 

• Leave your keys at home. 

• Consider taking a taxi to your destination so you won’t even have the option later to drive impaired.

• Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Eat plenty of food, take breaks and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.

• 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 get you; or if possible stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.

• Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

Are You Driving?

If so, don’t drink. Your responsible choices can save lives.

• Take your role seriously as the designated sober driver — don’t drink and drive.

• Enjoy the party with food and non-alcoholic drinks.

• Wear your seat belt and require your passengers to do the same.

• If someone you know has been drinking and tries to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely. They’ll thank you later.

“Drunk driving is a serious problem with serious consequences,” added Farrar. “Drunk drivers face jail time, the loss of their license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. And if you injure or kill someone in a drunk-driving crash, it’s something you’ll have to live with for the rest of your life.”

Located in the Harlem Road Community Center at 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst, The Resource Training Center offers a wide variety of services, including the New York State Drinking Driver Program for individuals convicted of an alcohol- or drug-related driving violation, and Alive at 25, a unique program that teaches young drivers to change how they approach driving through role playing, workbook exercises, interactive media segments and more.

For more information, please call 983-2258, email info@wnyresourcetraining.org or visit www.wnyresourcetraining.org. You can also follow The Resource Training Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Resource-Training-Center/112019195650348 or Twitter (@monica_farrar).

 

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