BISMARCK, N.D. – As Super Bowl Sunday approaches in our
neighboring Minnesota on February 4, the North Dakota Department of
Transportation (NDDOT) wants to remind motorists to always drive sober,
designate a sober driver, or don’t get behind the wheel. Nationally, historic
data has shown that alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes and driving under
the influence increase in the hours following the Super Bowl; so it is
critical to plan ahead and make arrangements for a sober ride home. Whether
fans are traveling to or from the game, a private party or an establishment,
there is no excuse to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“Through the new statewide traffic safety initiative, Vision
Zero, the goal is to have zero fatalities and zero serious injuries on North
Dakota roads,” said Tom Sorel, NDDOT Director. “In 2017, nearly 41 percent of
motor vehicle fatalities were alcohol-related in North Dakota. These deaths
were 100 percent preventable.”
A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol
concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, but even a small amount of alcohol can
impair judgment and reaction times enough to make driving unsafe. The average
blood alcohol content among Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offenders in
North Dakota is .17 – more than twice the legal limit of .08.
The NDDOT’s efforts are in conjunction with National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk
campaign. This campaign urges all football fans to call the right play on Super
Bowl weekend and drive sober or designate a sober driver.
To help fans prep for the big game, the following tips can
help fans have fun while keeping safe.
Top 5 Tips If You Plan to Drink:
sure your designated driver is actually sober. If they decide to drink
unexpectedly, don’t worry about insulting them. Call a cab or ride service, or
call someone else who you know hasn’t been drinking.
and use NHTSA’s SaferRide
mobile app. The app helps people connect with a safe ride home by calling a
taxi or a friend and by identifying the app user’s location so they can be
AAA’s free Tow-to-Go
services by calling (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246. This is available to
members and non-members in North Dakota. The AAA tow truck transports the
vehicle and driver home within 10 miles.
you ride home with your sober driver, make sure you—and your driver—wear a seat
belt. It’s your best defense in a crash.
you find yourself unable to get home safely, ask the host if you can stay for
This Super Bowl weekend, be a team player and help keep
impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Remember: Fans Don’t Let
Fans Drive Drunk.