NHTSA: Call your Super Bowl play – Drink OR Drive

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA,) the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS,) and law enforcement officials are urging football fans to call their Super Bowl play now: either drink OR drive.

If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

NHTSA’s Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road.

According to NHTSA, in 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States— 31 percent of all vehicle crash fatalities in the nation. The numbers go even higher on weekends. (There were 5,447 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, making up 40 percent of all fatalities that occurred during weekends.) A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, the set limit in all states. This Sunday, don’t become a tragic Super Bowl statistic.

“Drunken driving is completely preventable,” said KOHS Executive Director Bill Bell. “All it takes is a little planning. We want fans to remember that it’s a choice. Drink or drive—but never do both.”

For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it’s a friend, relative, taxi, ride share or public transportation. Download the free “Drive Sober Kentucky” app for phone numbers to taxi and limousine services and sober ride programs, along with a one-touch dial feature to report a drunken driver.

Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life.

For more Super Bowl weekend safety information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/SuperBowl

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