Because “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk,” Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA), Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) urge fans to avoid the penalties associated with wrong choices to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive impaired.
Choose your MVP, a sober designed driver, before you choose a drink, and hand off your car keys so you won’t have them in your hands after the game.
Oregon State Police offers the following tips to keep you and others safe on the road this Super Bowl weekend:
- Designate your sober driver before the party begins.
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast, eat plenty of food, pace yourself, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
- Make sure your ride is sober before letting him/her drive you.
- 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 and get you; or if possible stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.
- Use your community’s sober ride program.
- Never let a friend drive drunk; arrange a safe way for them to get home.
- Always buckle up- it’s still your best defense against other drunk drivers.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:
- Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
- Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
- If you plan to stay sober, offer to drive guests home.
- Encourage guests to pace themselves.
- Host your party like they do at the stadium –stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game, and serve coffee and dessert in the fourth quarter.
- Keep the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.