#Headsup: Tackle drunk driving before the game starts
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Kickoff of America’s favorite pastime is just around the corner. For many football fans, when it’s time for Super Bowl LII, everyone is a fan. In Fremont County, law enforcement officers are reminding the football faithful that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk, and they are urging all football fans not to drop the ball on this issue.
The Super Bowl is this Sunday, Feb. 4th from Minnesota’s US Bank Stadium featuring the Philadephia Eagles of the NFC and the New England Patriots of the AFC at 4:30 p.m. MST on NBC.
In Wyoming, drivers are considered alcohol-impaired if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drunk driving can be deadly, and even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgement to make driving unsafe. During 2016 in Wyoming, 28 percent (32) of fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved drunk drivers.
Nationally, in 2016, among 10,497 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 67 percent (7,052) were in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC of .15, almost twice the legal limit.
Having a game plan for the night is important so friends and family know who the designated driver is. “We want to encourage everyone to turn over their keys to a sober driver before they begin drinking,” said Chief Jim Litz of the Shoshoni Police Department. “Drunk driving leads to serious crashes, injuries or death. If you don’t have that MVP to make sure folks get home safely, consider other ride options.”
Fremont County law enforcement officers recommend these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:
- First, plan ahead. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously — your friends are relying on you.
- Remember it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve only had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation, a cab, Uber or ride-sharing service to arrive home safely.
- Download the Drive Sober Wyoming mobile app at http://www.wygcid.org/Smart_Phone_App.html
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, call Fremont County law enforcement at 332-5611 or 856-7200.
- See someone who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and arrange to help transport them home safely. Don’t worry about offending someone – the person will thank you, later.
Along with this enhanced enforcement effort, the Wyoming Highway Patrol is urging drivers to help keep Wyoming’s roadways safe by calling the Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately (REDDI) hotline number at 1-800-442-9090 to report suspected drunk drivers. Callers should be prepared to provide the dispatcher with a description of the vehicle, its location, and direction of travel.
As of this release, there have been three traffic deaths in Wyoming in 2018, compared to three at this time last year.