• Drive sober for the big bowl

    by  • February 1, 2013 • News

    Illinois residents are reminded to designate a sober driver during the upcoming super bowl weekend.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,878 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes across the nation in 2011.

    drive soberThose drunk-driving fatalities accounted for almost one-third of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.

    In Illinois in 2011, 278 people were killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver, a third of all those who died in crashes that year.

    Four people died in vehicle accidents last year in Illinois on Super Bowl Sunday last year, with three of those deaths involving a driver who had been drinking.

    IDOT and Illinois law enforcement want to remind everyone, on Super Bowl Sunday, or anytime, to designate a sober driver before the party begins. Pace yourself and eat plenty of food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.

    If you don’t have a designated driver, 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.

    If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, remember you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.