IDOT Reminds Drivers to Stay Sober, Celebrate Safely this Super Bowl Sunday
Illinois State Police and Local Law Enforcement Step Up Enforcement to Arrest Drunk Drivers This Weekend
SPRINGFIELD - The Super Bowl is one of America’s
most highly anticipated sports events, when friends and family
gather in homes, bars and restaurants to enjoy the game and
camaraderie. As Super Bowl Sunday approaches this weekend and
football fans everywhere prepare for the game, the Illinois
Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police
and dozens of local police departments across Illinois will join
forces to spread two life-saving messages - Fans Don’t Let Fans
Drive Drunk and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
As part the Super Bowl effort, IDOT is passing
along safety tips for partygoers and party hosts alike and is
administering a federally funded grant effort that will help the
Illinois State Police and local law enforcement step up weekend
patrols to combat drunk driving and encourage seat belt use.
The Illinois State Police and 55 local police
departments and sheriff’s offices will be out in force with more
than $150,000 in federal highway safety funds committed to
additional drunk driving and seat belt enforcement. A combined
total of some 300 roadside safety checks, seat belt enforcement
zones and other enforcement details will take place this weekend
as part of the effort.
“Whether attending the game, watching at a bar
or hosting a party, IDOT reminds everyone that Fans Don’t Let
Fans Drive Drunk”, said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L.
Schneider. “Designate your driver before the party starts and
pass them your keys. If you don’t, law enforcement has another
message – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
In Illinois, during the last five years
(2009-2013), 17 motor vehicle fatalities have occurred on Super
Bowl Sunday. Nine of those fatalities, more than half, involved
a drinking driver. Last year in Illinois, seven people lost
their lives in motor vehicle crashes on Super Bowl Sunday and
two of those deaths involved a driver who had been drinking.
IDOT suggests the following tips for a safe
Super Bowl Sunday.
If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or
watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:
Designate your sober driver before the party
Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast.
Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food, take breaks, and
alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
Keep track of how much you have had to drink
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 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, if
Never let a friend drive drunk. Arrange a
safe way for them to get home.
Always buckle up and drive defensively. It’s
still your best protection against 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
Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic
beverages at the party.
If you plan to stay sober, offer to drive
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. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee and
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
If an underage person drinks and drives, the
parent or provider may be legally liable for any damage,
injury or death caused by the underage driver.
Likewise, parents or other adults who
provide alcohol to – or host a party where alcohol is
available to – those under age 21, could face jail time.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Super Bowl
Crackdown is funded with federal traffic safety dollars and
administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. For
more information on IDOT’s traffic safety programs, go to