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January 29, 2008 12:00 AM
Designate a Sober Driver Before Kicking Off Super Bowl Fun
Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk

JEFFERSON CITY - Planning on attending a Super Bowl party this year? Plan on designating a sober driver to Arrive Alive.

Super Bowl Sunday is one of America's largest and most entertaining national sporting events, with many friends and families gathering to socialize and watch the big game. It is also one of the nation's most dangerous days on the roads, due to drinking and driving.

Last year, there were two fatal Missouri traffic crashes and three disabling injury crashes involving impaired driving on Super Bowl Sunday. This year, make a responsible decision and help prevent those unnecessary deaths and injuries.

"If you are out on the roads this Super Bowl Sunday, be safe and make smart decisions," said Leanna Depue, director of the Highway Safety Division with the Missouri Department of Transportation. "Be sure to designate a driver and Buckle Up to Arrive Alive."

The National Highway Safety Administration reports that young males, ages 21 to 34, are most likely to be involved in automobile crashes, to drive while impaired and be among those least likely to wear their safety belts. Research also shows that the same group is the core audience for major sporting events like the Super Bowl.

It's easy to make good decisions and be a responsible host or guest at a Super Bowl party by following the tips below.

Be a responsible Super Bowl party host:

·     Make sure all of your guests have a designated driver.

·     Find unique ways to recognize the designated drivers at your party.

·     Serve plenty of food and include soft drinks, juice and water.

·     Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game.

·     Have the numbers of local cab companies at hand.

·     Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.

·     Only serve alcohol to guests over 21 years of age.

Be responsible at a Super Bowl party:

·     Designate your sober driver before the party begins.

·     Give your designated driver your keys and thanks.

·     Bring the numbers for local cab companies.

·     Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast.

·     Don't let your friends drive impaired.

·     Always buckle up - it's your best defense against other impaired drivers.

Remember, Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk. For more information on safety belts or impaired driving, visit http://www.savemolives.com./
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