BLOG: Make the Right Calls for a Safe Super Bowl Sunday
By: Leslie S. Richards, Secretary of Transportation
February 06, 2016
While Pennsylvania’s professional football teams sadly won’t play in this year’s Super Bowl, many fans will still join family and friends to watch it in homes, restaurants or bars.
As you’re making your list for food or decorations to buy, make sure that you’re also prepared for safe travel. Just like any other day of the year, you should NEVER drive impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Here’s how to play it safe:
- Designate a sober driver BEFORE you leave home, not once you’ve reached your destination. The HERO Campaign is designed to prevent drunk driving fatalities, injuries, and crashes nationwide by reminding the public to drive sober.
- Remember that impairment begins at the first drink. Our safety website has a quick reference on what “one drink” is, along with the consequences of DUI.
- Download the SaferRide app from iTunes or Google Play. It can help you plan a safe ride home even before kickoff.
Our data shows that last year, from 6 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday through 6 a.m. the following morning, there were 309 crashes statewide. Nineteen of those involved a drinking driver. While that isn’t as many as the 57 drinking-driver crashes we saw on that day in 2013, let’s aim to make this year’s number ZERO.
Driving sober won’t just keep you and other Pennsylvanians safe, but it’ll also keep you out of a police car. PennDOT is distributing nearly $4.8 million in federal enforcement funds this year to more than 700 local police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police. This weekend, police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
This Sunday, don’t be one of the thousands of people arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Pennsylvania each year. Have a great, safe Super Bowl Sunday!
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