Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk

This Super Bowl LV Season, Help National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Save Lives!! 
 
Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk 
The National Football League’s Super Bowl LV is on Sunday, February 7, 2021, and it’s one of America’s favorite annual celebrations. Although the way we view sporting events has changed for now, we still want to make sure everyone is safe on Super Bowl Sunday. Whether you are hosting a virtual watch party, attending a socially distanced small gathering, or heading to a restaurant or bar, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is teaming up with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office to remind football fans everywhere that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. “Nationally, people are quarantining and practicing social distancing, but we know festivities will still occur, even on a smaller scale,” said Sheriff L. Paul Bailey. “If your Super Bowl celebration involves alcohol, plan for a sober ride home. If you’re hosting an intimate gathering of immediate family or your friends, make sure you take care of your designated drivers. Remind your friends and family: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.” 
 
Never Drive Drunk Whether you’re attending a socially distanced gathering, hosting one, or going out to the bar, keep safety at the forefront of your night. When it’s time to leave, make sure your designated driver is actually sober. If he or she decided to drink, call a sober ride. Remember that walking impaired can also be dangerous, so designate a sober friend to walk home with you. If you are driving, remember that sober driving isn’t the only law that should be followed: Make sure you — and your driver — wear your seat belts.  
 
Have a Game Plan Wether you are attending a small social gathering or going to a bar or restaurant, make a game plan and follow these simple tips for a safe and happy evening: 
 
 Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or a ride service to get home safely.   If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Berrien County Dispatch Center at (269) 983-3060. 
 Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely. 
Remember: Only one team wins, but if you drive drunk, you may lose money, your reputation, your car, and even your life. Everyone should know by now that it is illegal to drive impaired. Even still, thousands die each year in drunk-driving-related crashes. In 2019, there were 10,142 people killed in drunk-driving crashes. The costs can be financial, too: If you’re caught drinking and driving, you can face jail time, lose your driver’s license and your vehicle, and pay up to $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, higher insurance rates, and lost wages.  For more information on the dangers of drunk driving, visit www.nhtsa.gov/riskydriving/drunk-driving.  



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