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Wentzville Police suggest game plan for Super Bowl partygoers

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Kickoff on America’s favorite past time is just about ready to start. For many football fans, when it’s time for Super Bowl LII, everyone’s a fan  – and Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

Wentzville highway safety and 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.

In most states, drivers 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 judgement to make driving unsafe. 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. “We want to encourage folks to turn over their keys to a sober driver – our vote for game MVP – before they begin drinking,” said Chief Frisz. “Drunk driving can result in serious disaster. If you don’t have an MVP to make sure folks get home safely, consider other ride options.”

Like Chief Frisz said, there are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home besides relying on a friend. Some options are utilizing public transportation, calling a taxi, or using a rideshare program.

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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