Syndicated by: Montana News
According to Sergeant Greg Amundsen of the Missoula Police Department, kickoff on America’s favorite pastime is just about ready to start. For many football fans, when it’s time for Super Bowl LII, everyone’s a fan…and Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
Missoula area highway safety and law enforcement officials are huddling up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a special Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk reminder to urge football fans across the nation not to drop the ball on this issue.
In all states, drivers are considered alcohol-impaired if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drunk driving can be deadly, and even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgement to make driving unsafe. In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers.
Among the 10,497 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 67 percent (7,052) were in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC of .15, almost twice the legal limit. Local agencies will have extra patrols out looking for impaired drivers, if you plan to celebrate watching the game plan to have a safe ride.
Be sure to have a game plan for the night so friends and family know who the designated driver is. “We want to encourage folks to turn over their keys to a sober driver – our vote for game MVP – before they begin drinking,” said Sergeant Greg Amundsen.
“Drunk driving can result in serious crashes, injuries or death. If you don’t have an MVP to make sure folks get home safely, consider other ride options.” Missoula’s safe ride options include UBER, LYFT, Green Taxi, Yellow Cab and Home Free Missoula.