I got this email from the local Sheriff Department and thought it deserved a post today. There will be DUI checkpoints all over town, so be safe out there and enjoy the game!
Community: Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk - Designate a Sober Driver for Super Bowl Celebrations
Sheriff's Deputies will be out on patrol this Super Bowl weekend to look for drunk drivers.
As one of America’s most anticipated and celebrated sporting events, the Super Bowl brings together families, friends and fans each year to enjoy the excitement of the big game. In many instances, fans will gather to watch the game at sports bars, restaurants or Super Bowl-themed parties. We want everyone to make the right decision on Super Bowl Sunday.
• AAA Tipsy Tow: Call 800-400-4AAA (4222) for a free tow home of up to seven miles. The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 31 – 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 1. Visit http://goo.gl/tCFb3 for more information.
• Be My Designated Drive or DD: Reserve a personal driver in advance to meet you at your location. The driver can take you to your destination, wait with your car and then safely transport you back to your original location. Call 1-877-823-6933 or visit http://bit.ly/IAIigc to make a reservation.
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 if possible stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.
•Never let friends drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.
•Always buckle up. It’s still your best defense against other drunk drivers.
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.
•Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.
•If an underage person drinks and drives, the parent may be legally liable for any damage, injury or death caused by the underage driver.
•Likewise, parents or other adults who provide alcohol to, or host a party where alcohol is available to, those under age 21 could face jail time. For more information on the social host rules, visit www.sdsheriff.net/social-host.