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The St. Louis County Police Department Highway Safety Unit and other law enforcement officials are huddling up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a special Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk reminder to urge football fans across the nation not to drop the ball on this issue.

Drivers in the State of Missouri are considered alcohol-impaired if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more. Drunk driving can be deadly, and even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgment to make driving unsafe. Nationally in 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers. Among the 10,497 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 67 percent (7,052) were in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC that was twice the legal limit.

Be sure to have a game plan for the night so friends and family know who the designated driver is going to be. If your game plan fails, make sure you have a backup. Utilize public transportation, call a taxi, or stay the night.

In addition, NHTSA’s SaferRide Mobile App, available on the app store, is another resource to help fans who have been drinking find a sober ride home—by identifying their location and helping to call a taxi or a friend to pick them up.

Sober designated drivers should be sure to carry the ball and refrain from drinking alcohol during the game. They can, of course, enjoy food and non-alcoholic beverages instead. And feel free to tweet

@NHTSAgov during Super Bowl LII to be featured on NHTSA’s National Wall of Fame.

This Super Bowl weekend, be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Don’t fumble! Designate your sober driver before the big game begins. And remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

For more Super Bowl weekend safety information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/SuperBowl.

 

 

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