Super Bowl fans urged to play it safe

Staff Report

On Super Bowl 50 Sunday, Feb. 7, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why the Fulton County Sheriffs Office, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and local law enforcement officials are urging football fans to call the play now: drinking OR driving. If you plan to drink on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

The NHTSA “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Driving impaired could result in injury or death.

According to data from the NHTSA, in 2014 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States – 31 percent of all vehicle crash fatalities in the nation. The numbers go even higher on weekends – 5,447 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, making up 40 percent of all fatalities that occurred during weekends.

A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, the set limit in all states.

“Drunk driving is completely preventable,” said Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller. “All it takes is a little planning. We want fans to remember that it’s a choice. Drink or drive, but never do both.”

For those who plan to drink, officials recommended leaving keys at home, and designating a sober driver, whether it’s a friend or relative.

Those who plan to drive should refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl 50 party, designate a responsible driver before the game begins.

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For more information regarding Fulton County Safe Communities, contact Rachel Kinsman, Fulton County Health Department at 419-337-0915. Follow safety tips, information and upcoming events at

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