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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
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Iowa Department of Public Safety
February 4, 2011 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
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Super Bowl Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

Des Moines, IOWA --- Before that first kick-off, any good NFL team has a game plan; shouldn’t you?  This Sunday before you head to a Super Bowl party or to the local tavern to enjoy the big game, make sure you have a game plan for making it home safe after the final point is scored.  Remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. 

“Driving drunk is a serious party foul,” said Larry Sauer of the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.  “There are too many other safe transportation options available today.  There’s no reason for you or your friends to get behind the wheel drunk.”

If you’re attending a Super Bowl party, or watching at a bar or restaurant:

  • Designate a sober driver before the party begins and leave your car keys at home if you plan to drink
  • Find unique ways to recognize designated drivers when you’re at a bar or restaurant
    • Offer to be the designated driver the next time you go out
    • Cover the cost for parking or even pay for a tank of gas
    • Make sure the glass of their non-alcoholic beverage is always full
    • Pick up the tab for their food and drink
  • Before you go out, add the numbers for local cab companies in your cell phone so if you find yourself in need of a ride, it is just a phone call away
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself—eat enough food, take breaks and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Take appropriate steps to prevent others from driving while impaired.

Last year on Super Bowl Sunday, between the hours of 5:00 PM and 6:00 AM, law enforcement in Iowa covered seven alcohol related motor vehicle crashes which resulted in the injury of four motorists.  Three of the seven crashes occurred in Polk County alone. 

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