IDOT, ISP: Make a Super Bowl Game
Pick your team now: Are you drinking or
are you driving?
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[February 06, 2016]
SPRINGFIELD – Millions of people
will gather this Sunday to watch the Super Bowl. Many will celebrate
with alcohol. As part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
campaign, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois
State Police (ISP) and police and sheriff’s departments throughout
Illinois strongly urge fans to come up with a game plan now:
drinking or driving, but not both.
“Drunk driving is preventable. If you plan on drinking this Super
Bowl Sunday, make sure you have a sober ride home lined up before
the game,” said Jared Thornley, IDOT’s Director of Traffic Safety.
“Driving impaired by alcohol or drugs can result in a costly DUI
arrest, loss of driving privileges or even jail time. Most
tragically, it could result in injury or death for you or others on
“DUIs are responsible for nearly one-third of all fatal crashes in
Illinois. A single DUI can cost thousands of dollars, suspension of
driving privileges, potential jail time, or worse, cause the death
of another motorist,” said ISP Colonel Tad Williams. “Plan ahead to
arrive home safe this Super Bowl weekend by designating a driver or
catching a cab. Everyone wins when we all make it home safe.”
If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a
sports bar or restaurant:
- Designate your sober driver before the party begins.
- Keep track of how much you have had to drink.
- Make sure your ride is sober before getting in the vehicle.
- If you don’t have a designated driver, call a cab, friend,
or family member to come get you. If possible, stay where you
are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.
- Use your community’s sober ride program, if available.
- Never let friends drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them
to get home.
- Always buckle up and drive defensively – it’s your best
defense against a drunk driver.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:
- Make sure your guests designate sober drivers in
advance. Or arrange rides for them.
- Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
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- Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the
game, just like at the stadium.
• Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving
- You can be prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a
drunk-driving crash. If an underage person drinks and drives,
the parent or provider may be legally liable for any damage,
injury or death caused by the underage driver.
According to the most recent estimates from the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,967 people were killed
in the United States in drunk driving crashes in 2014. These
deaths accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle
traffic fatalities. In Illinois in 2014, estimates show 317
people were killed in crashes involving at least one drunk
driver, or 34 percent of all those who died in crashes that
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is made possible by federal
highway safety funding, administered by IDOT and supported by
hundreds of Illinois law enforcement agencies.
[Illinois Department of