Police: Fans don’t let fans drive drunk after the Super Bowl

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(Berrien County Sheriff’s Office) The National Football League’s Super Bowl LV is on Sunday, February 7, 2021, and it’s one of America’s favorite annual celebrations. Although the way we view sporting events has changed for now, we still want to make sure everyone is safe on Super Bowl Sunday.

Whether you are hosting a virtual watch party, attending a socially distanced small gathering, or heading to a restaurant or bar, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is teaming up with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office to remind football fans everywhere that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

Never Drive Drunk

Whether you’re attending a socially distanced gathering, hosting one, or going out
to the bar, keep safety at the forefront of your night. When it’s time to leave, make
sure your designated driver is actually sober. If he or she decided to drink, call a
sober ride. Remember that walking impaired can also be dangerous, so designate a
sober friend to walk home with you. If you are driving, remember that sober driving
isn’t the only law that should be followed: Make sure you — and your driver — wear
your seat belts.

Have a Game Plan

Whether you are attending a small social gathering or going to a bar or restaurant,
make a game plan and follow these simple tips for a safe and happy evening:

  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only
    one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or a ride service to get
    home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Berrien County Dispatch
    Center at (269) 983-3060.
  • Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away
    and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

Remember: Only one team wins, but if you drive drunk, you may lose money, your
reputation, your car, and even your life. Everyone should know by now that it is
illegal to drive impaired. Even still, thousands die each year in drunk-driving-related
crashes. In 2019, there were 10,142 people killed in drunk-driving crashes. The
costs can be financial, too: If you’re caught drinking and driving, you can face jail
time, lose your driver’s license and your vehicle, and pay up to $10,000 in
attorney’s fees, fines, higher insurance rates, and lost wages.

For more information on the dangers of drunk driving, visit www.nhtsa.gov/riskydriving/drunk-driving.

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