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Sheriff DeMarco Offers Super Bowl Sunday Safety Tips

Categories: | Author: sheriff sheriff | Posted: 1/31/2014 | Views: 3788

Riverhead, NY-- The Super Bowl is one of America’s most highly anticipated sports events, when friends and family gather in homes, bars and restaurants to celebrate. As Super Bowl Sunday approaches and football fans across the country prepare for the game, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with the National Football League (NFL) and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition, have joined forces with local law enforcement to spread the message about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday, because – Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

“Super Bowl Sunday is always a great day for a party and being with family and friends, but on a more serious note, it is important to have a strategy for getting home safely after the game.  Deputy Sheriffs and law enforcement are always on the lookout for drunk drivers, but this is especially true during these big game days.  I urge everyone to make appropriate travel plans and to keep an eye out for friends who may have had too much to drink,” said Suffolk Sheriff Vincent DeMarco.

The NHTSA offers these additional safety tips:

If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:

  • Designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, then ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay for the night.
  • Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:

  • Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely.
  • Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
  • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
  • Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink.


 And remember, your seat belt is your best defense against a drunk driver in a crash.
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