Buffalo Grove police will be cracking down on drunk drivers this weekend in conjunction with Super Bowl Sunday.
Revelers are urged to choose a designated driver before choosing to consume alcohol.
“The Buffalo Grove Police Department will once again be out on the roads in full force looking for impaired drivers this Super Bowl Sunday. Don’t be one of them,” said Buffalo Grove Sgt. Mike Rodriguez. “Don’t commit a penalty, it’s too easy to designate a driver or call a cab to get you safely home from your Super Bowl party this Sunday.”
The “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign is spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Football League (NFL) and the Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition. Local police departments, including Buffalo Grove, have joined the effort.
According to NHTSA, 9,878 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2011. These crashes were 31 percent more likely to occur on weekends than on weekdays.
NHTSA offers these additional safety tips:
If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:
- Designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins.
- If you don’t have a designated driver, then ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay for the night.
- Use your community’s sober ride program.
- Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:
- Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely.
- Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
- Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
- Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink.
Police are also reminding anyone riding in a vehicle to wear a seat belt.