Drinking OR Driving: Plan Ahead for Super Bowl Weekend

Coalition urges the use of a designated driver.

JEFFERSON CITY – For the second consecutive year, Missouri’s very own Kansas City Chiefs are Tampa bound for Super Bowl LV.

On Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, there will be a lot of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is urging football fans to call the play now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

During the 2020 Super Bowl weekend (Friday night at 6:00 pm until 11:59 Super Bowl Sunday, there were 35 major crashes which resulted in 11 fatalities and 40 serious injuries.

“One careless act can impact so many others,” said Jon Nelson, executive chair to the committee. “Before choosing to drink, choose your team’s MVP – a sober designated driver.”

The coalition offers these useful tips for Super Bowl game night:

  • 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 ride share, or family member to come and get you; or just stay for the night.
  • Never let friends drive if they’ve been drinking.
  • If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take the keys and help them make safe travel arrangements.

 

Make this year’s bowl party SUPER. Whether you have had just a few, or are way over the limit, impaired driving is not worth causing a traffic crash, serious injury or even death.

For more information on highway safety, go to www.saveMOlives.com or follow them on social media at Save MO Lives.

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