[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                                    January 23, 2009

Super Bowl, drinking, driving don't mix

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — The Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services Police Department is joining the National Football League (NFL), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and other state and local highway safety and law enforcement officials to remind everyone to act responsibly by designating a sober driver if they plan on drinking alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.

"We want to pass our safety message to everyone who will be drinking that weekend, real ‘Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk,’" said Sgt. Domenic Modica, Fort McCoy Traffic Safety sergeant. "Please call the right play for the big game and pass your keys to a designated driver before the Super Bowl party begins. Getting caught driving while impaired will earn you a costly penalty from local law enforcement and may even result in a turnover of your driving privileges."

Super Bowl Sunday is one of America’s biggest and most entertaining national sporting events as friends and families gather to socialize and watch the big game. Yet, it also has become one of the nation’s most-dangerous days on the roadways due to impaired driving.

In 2007, fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes accounted for 32 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities. On Super Bowl Sunday (12:01 a.m. Sunday to 5:59 a.m. Monday), 48 percent of the fatalities occurred in crashes where a driver or motorcycle rider had a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 or higher.

Designating a sober driver should be on the top of everyone’s Super Bowl party list. To be safe, personnel should:

• Use your community’s Safe Ride program. Participants can be found at http://www.tlw.org. For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call the Army Substance Abuse Program at (608) 388-2441.

• Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired. Remember, ‘Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.’

• Always buckle up — it’s still your best defense against other impaired drivers.

• Serve lots of food and include lots of nonalcoholic beverages at the party.

• Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.

• Party hosts can be held liable if someone who is at their party drinks and is involved in an impaired-driving vehicle crash.

For more information, personnel also can visit http://www.StopImpairedDriving.org. In the Fort McCoy community, call Modica at (608) 388-2044.


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