STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Vermont State Police
State Police Remind Vermonter That Friends Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk
Designate a Driver for Super Bowl Sunday
Williston - 01/28/2015 - The Super Bowl is one of America's most highly anticipated sports events, when family and friends gather in homes, bars and restaurants to celebrate. As Super Bowl Sunday approaches and football fans across the country prepare for the game, the Vermont State Police are joining the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Governors Highway Safety Program and the National Football League (NFL) to spread the message about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday, because - Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk. The State Police will have additional enforcement for Super Bowl Sunday.
According to data from NHTSA, in 2013 there were 10,076 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, the legal limit in all states. This February 1, don't become a tragic Super Bowl stat.
In 2014, there were eight (8) impaired driving arrests made statewide in Vermont on Super Bowl Sunday. Whether attending the game, watching at a bar or hosting a party, NHTSA, the NFL and the Vermont State Police remind everyone that Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk. Before choosing to drink, choose your team's MVP - a sober designated driver. The Vermont State Police offers these additional safety tips:
If you're attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:
* Designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins.
* If you don't have a designated driver, then ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay for the night.
* Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.
If you're hosting a Super Bowl party:
* Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely.
* Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
* Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
* Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink.
And remember, your seat belt is your best defense against a drunk driver in a crash.
STATE OF VERMONT