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GLANDORF — The Super Bowl is one of America’s most highly-anticipated sports events, when friends and family gather in homes, bars and restaurants to celebrate. As Super Bowl Sunday approaches and football fans across the country prepare for the game, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with the National Football League (NFL) and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition, are working together with local highway safety and law enforcement officials to spread the message about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday because – “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.”

“Before choosing to drink, choose a sober designated driver. Avoid any kind of penalty of driving drunk by handing off your keys so that you, your passengers and everyone on our roads can safely arrive home,” said Anita Stechschulte, Putnam County EMS Chief and Safe Communities Coalition Member. “Drunk driving is always preventable and driving drunk could result in seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else. Motorists can expect local law enforcement agencies to have a visible presence and to stop anyone who makes the dangerous decision to drink and drive.”

According to NHTSA, in 2011, 9,878 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These crashes were 31 percent more likely to occur on weekends than on weekdays.

Whether attending the game, watching at a bar or hosting a party, NHTSA, TEAM Coalition, the NFL and Putnam County Safe Community Coalition reminds everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. Before choosing to drink, choose your team’s MVP – a sober designated driver. NHTSA and local officials are offering these additional safety tips:

If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:

• Designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins.

• If you don’t have a designated driver, then ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay for the night.

• Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:

• Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely.

• Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.

• Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.

• Take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink.

And remember, your seat belt is your best defense against a drunk driver in a crash.

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