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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX featuring the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots is likely to be the nation’s biggest sporting event of the year. Millions of people will gather to watch the game at house parties, restaurants, or bars, where alcohol could drive some partygoers into the Red Zone.

AAA East Central advises the public to find a sober ride home from Super Bowl celebrations due to an increased risk of DUI crashes on Sunday.

"We are urging drivers to be aware of the risks from drinking and driving associated with Super Bowl festivities,” said Terri Rae Anthony, AAA Safety Advisor. “We want motorists to think twice about the consequences of getting behind the wheel after a night of drinking," Anthony added.

To help keep drivers and passengers safe on the roads, the AAA recommends the following:

  • Designate a Sober Driver. Never get in the car with someone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Education and law enforcement have proven to be effective tools in reducing drinking and driving crashes, but prevention is the best tool of all
  • Call 911. Alert authorities if you suspect a driver is under the influence. Warning signs can include drifting in and out of the travel lane, inability to maintain a consistent speed, or failure to obey traffic sign
  • Buckle Up. Since you can’t control the actions of other drivers on the road, the best protection is to fasten your seatbelt every time you get into a car
  • Be Responsible. If you’re hosting a party, take keys away from guests as they arrive and don’t let them drink and drive.
  • Provide Non-Alcoholic Beverages. As a host, serve food and non-alcoholic drinks and water to anyone driving, or anyone under the age of 21

AAA explains that driving is a privilege that many Americans enjoy. Consuming alcoholic beverages is also something that many adults take part in. However, these two activities do not go together and should never be combined. If you are driving, don’t drink. And if you’re drinking, don’t drive.

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