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Deputies Remind Fans to Drive Sober this Super Bowl Sunday

Posted Friday, February 1, 2013 --- 1:21 p.m.

Press Release from the Dane Co. Sheriff's Department:

Madison, WI. February 1, 2013 – Super Bowl Sunday is one of America’s unofficial holidays, and a game plan for a winning day is not just for the players. Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney wants to remind motorists to celebrate responsibly by planning ahead for a safe ride home.

The US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with the National Football League and TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management), have joined forces with local law enforcement to spread the word about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday.

According to NHTSA, 10,228 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2010. These drunk-driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the U.S. In addition, alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was almost twice as high during the weekend (31%), than during weekdays (16%) and four times higher at night (37%) than during the day (9%).

If you’re hosting a party on Sunday, make sure to protect your guests. Have plenty of food on hand, offer non-alcoholic beverages, have a designated driver, and be prepared to intervene if someone that has had too much to drink tries to leave.

Remember, drinking and driving is not a game. Drive sober and always buckle-up – It’s your best defense against impaired drivers.

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Press Release from the Rock Co. Sheriff's Department:

As one of America’s most anticipated and celebrated sporting events, the Super Bowl brings together families, friends and fans each year to enjoy the excitement of the big game. In many instances, fans will gather to watch the game at sports bars, restaurants or Super Bowl-themed parties.

Before choosing to drink, choose a sober designated driver. Avoid driving drunk by handing off your keys so that you, your passengers and everyone on our roads can safely arrive home. Drunk driving is always preventable, and driving drunk could result in seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else. Motorists can expect the Rock County Sheriff’s Office to have a visible presence and to stop anyone who makes the dangerous decision to drink and drive.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office has a zero tolerance when it comes to impaired driving. If you drive impaired, you will be arrested. Driving impaired or riding with someone who is impaired, is simply not worth the risk, as the consequences are serious and real. Please act responsibly. Pass your keys to a sober driver before the big game begins. And remember, real Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

Be a team player and designate a sober driver!


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