The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging fans to make the right play and don't drink and drive on Super
Bowl Sunday and if you do drink, make sure you have a designated driver.
The Patrol has partnered with the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, the NFL, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management Coalition, to spread the message about desisnating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday.
Last year, the troopers made 63 Operation a Vehicle Impaired arrests in a 24 hour period surrounding the Super Bowl. During this same period, there were 3 fatalities and 209 injuries resulting from traffic crashes. One fatality and 34 of the injuries were OVI related.
In a press release, Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born, said, "While we want people to enjoy the big game, we want them to do so responsibly. We want everyone to take the appropriate steps to ensure they get home safely."
To hep keep the roads safe this Super Bowl weekend, more than 99 local law enforcement agencies around Ohio will be providing extra enforcement.
Here is some on your side tips from the Patrol
Designating a sober driver should be on the top of everyone’s Super Bowl party list along with these tips to stay safe:
If you are hosting a Super Bowl party:
· Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers before kick-off or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
· Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks.
· Only serve alcohol to guests over 21 years of age.
· Be prepared for guests to spend the night if an alternative way home is not available.
If you are attending a Super Bowl party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant:
· Designate your sober driver before the party begins and leave your car keys at home if you plan to drink.
· 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.
· Take appropriate steps to prevent anyone from driving while impaired. Remember, Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
· Always buckle up – it’s still your best defense against other impaired drivers.