Fans don't let Fans drive drunk!
Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott knows Wagoner County residents will be celebrating Super Bowl Sunday in an annual ritual for many tomorrow evening. When alcohol is often involved, roads on game weekend can be particularly dangerous and Impaired driving can be deadly. Hosts can end up in jail, if they serve alcohol to an underage person who drinks and drives.
Here are some tips for this year's Super Bowl partiers to help everyone enjoy a safe game evening. The big message is: drunk driving kills, so volunteer to be a sober designated driver or make sure you have one lined up, who will not drink at all and bring you home safely, before you head out to the party.
If you plan to drive: Don't drink
- Enjoy food and non-alcoholic drinks; refrain from any alcoholic beverages or drugs. Your behavior could help keep other sober drivers on the right track.
- If someone you know has been drinking and tries to drive, take the keys and help him or her get home safely.
If you plan to drink: Don't drive
- Know the rules: It's illegal to drive drunk, with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
- Alcohol isn't the only substance that can keep you from driving safely: Marijuana, like many other drugs, affects a driver's ability to react to surroundings.
- Make sure your designated driver is sober. If he or she decides to drink unexpectedly, call a cab or someone else who you know hasn't been drinking.
- Don't let friends (and fans) drive drunk. Help arrange a safe way for them to get home, too.
- Remember, walking impaired can also be dangerous. Designate a sober friend to walk home with you.
- If you find yourself unable to get home safely, tell the host you would like to stay the night.
- Use your community's sober ride program
If you're hosting the Super Bowl party:
- Be sure all of your guests have a sober ride home.
- Ask your guests to designate their sober drivers in advance or help them coordinate with other partygoers' designated drivers.
- If you don't drink, offer to drive guests home or offer to have them stay with you.
- Serve a selection of non-alcoholic drinks.
- Encourage your drinking guests to pace themselves, eat food, and drink plenty of water.
- Do not serve alcohol to minors. If an underage person drinks and drives, the person who provided the alcohol can be held liable for any damage, injury, or death caused by the underage driver. In fact, you can face jail time if you host a party where alcohol is served to people under the age of 21.
Know the risks:
- The consequences of drunk driving can often be fatal - and expensive, too. Drunk drivers face jail time, the loss of their driver's license, higher insurance rates, and many other unanticipated expenses, including attorney's fees, court costs, car towing, and lost wages due to time off from work. In fact, the average DUI court case costs approximately $10,000.
- Know your state's laws: Refusing to take a breath test in many jurisdictions can result in arrest, loss of your driver's license, and impoundment of your vehicle.