Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

Who will you be rooting for during Super Bowl LVIII? We’ll be rooting for you! Whether you’re hosting or attending a Super Bowl, everyone has an important job to do: Help keep drunk drivers off the road so we can all make it home safely on game night. During Super Bowl LVIII, the we want to remind football fans that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

This year’s Super Bowl LVIII is on Sunday, February 11, 2024. Get ahead of the game and create your game plan now so you don’t find yourself without a safe way home. Even buzzed driving can have many of costs, including the possibility of causing a crash. These crashes could cause you, someone you love, or a total stranger to suffer serious injuries or even death. Help set up your team — your friends, family, and other party-goers — for a night of success.

It is illegal to drive impaired. More than 13,000 people are killed in drunk-driving crashes each year, and one person is killed about every 39 minutes. Deaths in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes increased from 14% to 31% in recent years. Drunk drivers were involved in fatal night time crashes 2.8 times more frequently than during the day.

Host a Winning Party
If you’re hosting a party for this year’s Super Bowl, make plenty of snacks and nonalcoholic drinks. Ask your guests to choose their sober drivers in advance. Remind guests who are drinking that they have a long evening ahead of them, and encourage them to pace themselves, to eat food, and to drink plenty of water.

Another important reminder: Never serve alcohol to anyone under 21. If an underage person drinks and drives, the person who provided the alcohol can be held liable for any damage, injury, or death caused by the underage driver.

Be the Designated Driver MVP
If you’re planning to be a designated driver, know that you’re the night’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). Commit to a sober evening. If you are attending a party or are at a bar or restaurant, enjoy the food, the company, and the nonalcoholic drinks. Your positive influence could help keep others on the right track. If someone you know has been drinking and tries to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely. Remember: You’re the night’s star player, and others are relying on you.

Have a Game Plan
There are options to help impaired drivers get home safely, such as designating a sober driver or calling a friend, taxi or rideshare. If you see a drunk driver on the road, do not be afraid to contact 911 if there is immediate danger, or 511 to reach local law enforcement.

The message is simple: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. If you drive drunk, you lose. Make a commitment today to not drive impaired. For more information, visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving, or contact Four Corners Health Department at www.fourcorners.ne.gov.