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State Patrol’s Super Bowl Sunday safety message

January 29, 2014

Football fans should not let their fellow fans drive drunk

There undoubtedly will be big hits and violent collisions on the field during the Super Bowl, but law enforcement agencies will do their best to prevent them on roadways this Sunday.

"Last year, there were three traffic fatalities in Wisconsin on Super Bowl Sunday, and the goal this year is to have zero," says David Pabst, director of the State Patrol’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. "Law enforcement agencies will be particularly focused on preventing drunken driving on Super Bowl Sunday because fans will be at bars and parties before, during and after the game. That’s why we are urging fans to not let their fellow fans drive drunk."

The key is to plan ahead by designating a sober driver or finding alternative transportation, according to Pabst. For a safe and fun Super Bowl celebration, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the State Patrol offer the following life-saving advice:

  • Download the Zero In Wisconsin Drive Sober mobile app for free. The Driver Sober app has a "Find a Ride" feature, blood alcohol estimator and a designated driver selector to help you get home safely.
  • If you’re hosting a party, serve food and have non-alcoholic beverages available. Take care of your guests, and don’t let them drive if they’re impaired.
  • Don’t serve any amount of alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. Wisconsin’s Absolute Sobriety Law prohibits drivers under age 21 from having any alcohol in their system while behind the wheel.
  • If you’re feeling buzzed, you’re probably over the 0.08 limit and risk being arrested for operating while intoxicated if you drive.
  • Bars and restaurants participating in the Safe Ride Program can provide a ride home for patrons. Visit the web site for more information.
  • If you see a vehicle traveling erratically and suspect the driver may be impaired, call 911 (as soon as you can make the call safely).

For more information, contact:
David Pabst, director of the Bureau of Transportation Safety
(608) 266-3048, david.pabst@dot.wi.gov

 

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