Georgia Troopers Urge Carefule Super Bowl Planning

February 2, 2007

NEWS RELEASE

(ATLANTA) – The Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers who will be attending Super Bowl parties this weekend to plan for a designated driver in advance if alcohol will be served.   Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said research has shown that Super Bowl Sunday is one of the year’s most dangerous days on the nation’s highways due to impaired driving.

        “If alcohol will be in your party plans this weekend, designate your sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys,” Colonel Hitchens advises.  “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 get you; or make plans to stay where you are for the night.”

        According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 158 people or 51 percent of all traffic fatalities during the 2004 Super Bowl weekend involved an alcohol impaired driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams percent or higher.  NHTSA also reports that young males age 21 to 34 are most likely to be involved in traffic crashes, to drive impaired and to be among those least likely to wear their safety belts.  Research also shows that this same demographic is the core audience for major sporting events such as the Super Bowl.

        Colonel Hitchens encourages hosts to make sure all guests designate their sober drivers in advance; serve lots of food and include plenty of non-alcoholic beverages at the party; and keep the numbers for local cab companies handy.  “Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired,” Colonel Hitchens said.  “And remember to always buckle up – it’s still your best defense against impaired drivers.”

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