January. 28, 2013
As Nevadans prepare for the Super Bowl appearance of northern Nevada favorite Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens, the Nevada Department of Transportation is offering motorists a Twitter countdown of big game day traffic safety tips.
Beginning Monday, Jan. 28, NDOT will launch the Super Bowl Twitter countdown by sending out a week of daily game day driving safety tips. Each day’s tweet will feature a safe driving fact, photo or reminder. Those interested can receive the tweets by following @nevadadot on Twitter.
“Buzzed driving is drunk driving,” Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen explained. “Even with what may seem like a small amount of alcohol, you’re endangering yourself and everyone else on the road if you choose to drive. These Twitter messages are a reminder to never drive impaired and make zero fatalities your goal on Super Bowl Sunday and every day.”
Across the state, there were 117 alcohol-related driving deaths in 2011 and 2012 combined. On average, more than 50 people are arrested for driving under the influence every day in Nevada. A first DUI arrest will likely result in a 90-day loss of driving privileges, an impounded vehicle, legal fees, court fees, two days in jail and attendance at a victim impact panel, with harsher penalties for subsequent offenses.
SAFE SUPER BOWL SUNDAY DRIVING TIPS
If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:
- Designate your sober driver before the party begins.
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
- If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.
- Utilize a free sober ride program.
- Never let friends drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.
- Always buckle up. It’s still your best defense against drunk drivers on the road.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:
- Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
- Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
- Host your party just like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee and dessert.
- Keep the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.