Local police on the lookout for drunk drivers on Super Bowl Sunday

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The St. Joseph County Traffic Safety Partnership is reminding drivers to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl responsibly, by driving sober and safe.

“No matter your favorite team, Super Bowl is a time of increased celebration and fun,” said Lt. Tim Williams. “However, to celebrate right means to celebrate responsibly. We want to remind motorists during Super Bowl weekend to think before you drink. Not only is your life and those of others on the road worth protecting, but if you drive impaired, chances are you will be pulled over.”

During the 2016 Super Bowl weekend, there were 467 traffic collisions in Indiana. Of those, 30 were alcohol-related, with 27 percent involving a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or greater. In total, there were 13 injuries as a result of alcohol-related

Williams suggests that Super Bowl fans take the following precautions:

  • Before the celebration begins, plan a safe way home
  • Do not drive impaired
  • If you do drink, use a taxi, public transportation, ride-sharing service or designate a sober friend or family member, and give them your keys
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help make arrangements to get them home safely

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