IDOT, law enforcement officials
remind motorists to drive safely, responsibly on Super Bowl Sunday
Driving drunk is a no-win situation; fans
don't let fans drive drunk
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[February 02, 2013]
CHICAGO -- Illinois
Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider along with the Illinois
State Police and local law enforcement agencies are reminding
motorists to be sure to designate a sober driver, especially since
it is Super Bowl weekend, when friends and families will gather to
watch the big game on Sunday.
"We hope everyone enjoys the festivities of Super Bowl weekend, but we want to
remind everyone -- before you decide to drink -- to choose a sober designated
driver. We want you to hand off your keys to ensure you, your passengers and
everyone on our roadways can return home safely," said Schneider. "Drunk driving
is always preventable, and driving drunk or buzzed could result in seriously
injuring or killing yourself or someone else. Motorists can expect the Illinois
State Police and local law enforcement agencies to have a visible presence and
to stop anyone who makes the dangerous decision to drink and drive."
to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,878 people were killed
in drunk-driving crashes across the nation in 2011. These drunk-driving
fatalities accounted for almost one-third of the total motor vehicle traffic
fatalities in the United States. In Illinois in 2011, 278 people were killed in
crashes involving at least one drunk driver, which is a third of all those who
died in crashes that year. On Super Bowl Sunday last year, four people died in
motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, and three of those deaths involved a driver
who had been drinking.
"Driving under the influence is still the number one cause for traffic
crashes and fatalities during the holidays, and Super Bowl weekend is no
different," said Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau. "The Illinois State
Police will strictly enforce DUI and will target those violators who place their
lives and the lives of others at risk when they choose alcohol over safety," he
IDOT and Illinois law enforcement want to remind
everyone, on Super Bowl Sunday, or anytime:
Designate your sober driver
before the party begins.
Avoid drinking too much
alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food, take breaks and
alternate with nonalcoholic 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 and get you; or if possible, stay where you are for the night
and don't drive until you are sober.
Use your community's sober
Never let friends drive drunk.
Arrange a safe way for them to get home.
Always buckle up. It's still your best defense
against other drunk drivers.
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If you're hosting a Super Bowl party:
Make sure all of
your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help
arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
Serve plenty of
food and nonalcoholic beverages at the party.
Host your party
just like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the
end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is
perfect for serving coffee and dessert.
Keep the phone
numbers of local cab companies on hand, and take the keys away
from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
Remember, you can
be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a
If an underage
person drinks and drives, the parent may be legally liable for
any damage, injury or death caused by the underage driver.
Parents or other adults who provide
alcohol to people under 21, or host a party where alcohol is
available to those under age 21, could face jail time.
"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket"
campaigns are administered by IDOT's Division of Traffic Safety and
supported by hundreds of Illinois law enforcement agencies. For more
information, go to
Illinois Department of
Transportation file received from the
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]