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Celebrate Responsibly this Super Bowl
February 2, 2018

DATE: Friday, February 02, 2018
SUBJECT: Celebrate Responsibly this Super Bowl
RELEASE NUMBER: 2018-NR-008
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding  

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and the Evansville Police Department, in partnership with the Governor’s Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), would like to remind all Indiana motorists to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl responsibly by driving sober and safe.

“This Super Bowl family and friends will come together and root for their favorite team. Super Bowl fans love to celebrate, but this comes with a responsibility to do so safely,” said Sheriff Dave Wedding. “We want to remind motorists this Super Bowl weekend that drinking and driving don’t mix. Please celebrate responsibility and help keep our roadways safe.”

During the 2017 Super Bowl weekend there were 1,453 traffic collisions in Indiana. Of those, 47 involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. In total, there were 18 injuries as a result of alcohol-related accidents last Super Bowl weekend. In Vanderburgh County, nine (9) intoxicated motorists went to jail over the 2017 Super Bowl weekend, compared with eight (8) in 2016.

The ICJI warned in a recent press release, "Impaired driving includes alcohol and prescription or illegal drugs. Even over-the-counter medication may cause impairment when combined with alcohol or a second drug. If you’re taking a new drug or a higher dose, talk with your doctor or don’t drive until you know how it affects you."

The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Traffic Safety Partnership, the Governor’s Council, and ICJI would like to remind motorists that accidents and deaths resulting from impaired driving can be prevented by taking the following precautions:

  • Before the celebration begins, plan a safe way home
  • If you do drink, use a taxi, public transportation, ridesharing service or designate a sober friend or family member, and give them your keys
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help make arrangements to get them home safely

For more information on Indiana’s efforts on impaired driving prevention and enforcement, please visit: http://www.in.gov/cji/2354.htm.

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