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Be the true MVP of Safe on Super Bowl Sunday

Be Responsible, Driving Drunk Is a No-Win Situation

[Warren County] – As one of America’s most anticipated and celebrated sporting events, the Super Bowl brings together families, friends and fans each year to enjoy the excitement of the big game. In many instances, fans will gather to watch the game at local sports bars, restaurants and Super Bowl-themed parties. Atrium Medical Center and Warren County Safe Communities Coalition (WCSCC) have joined forces with local Warren County law enforcement officials and key community members to raise awareness regarding the dangers associated with driving impaired and reminding everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

“Before choosing to drink, designate a sober driver. Avoid the unsportsmanlike conduct of driving drunk by handing off your keys so that you, your passengers and everyone on our roads can safely arrive home,” said Joey Brumfield, Coordinator of WCSCC. Drunk driving is always preventable, and driving drunk could result in seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else. Motorists can expect local law enforcement agencies and the Ohio State Highway Patrol to have a vast visible presence and to stop anyone who makes the dangerous decision to drink and drive during the 2013 Super Bowl festivities.

2012 was a devastating and tragic year for motor vehicle and traffic related fatalities throughout Warren County. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety (OPDS), 28 traffic related fatalities were reported throughout the county, an increase of more than 130 percent from 2011. “Several factors have contributed to the increase in the number of fatalities we have seen in 2012, and drinking and driving remains at the forefront,” said Brumfield, “It is imperative that we continue to raise awareness on the dangers and many risks associated with driving under the influence of alcohol.”

During this year’s Super Bowl festivities, WCSCC will be supporting campaign efforts by distributing customized drink coasters to local sports bars and restaurants as a friendly, fun reminder to all fans to be responsible and safe. WCSCC and all partners want to encourage everyone to help keep our roadways safe this Super Bowl season. Designate a sober driver prior to leaving for your festivities and program the phone to your local taxi service in you cell phone as an emergency back up. Buzzed driving is drunk driving and driving with any level of alcohol impairment or influence will significantly increase the risk for being involved in a motor vehicle collision. Please be a good fan during this year’s celebrations and remember, “Fans don’t let fans drive drunk!” 

For more information about the Ohio Traffic Safety Office and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways, log on to http://ohiohighwaysafetyoffice.ohio.gov/.Off Site Icon

 

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