FANS DON’T LET FANS DRIVE DRUNK

Bryan Police Department is reminding football fans that if your Super Bowl celebration includes alcohol, make the right decision before kickoff and always have a designated driver. This local message complements that national Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk message supported by the National Football League (NFL), the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the HERO Campaign and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management ( TEAM ) Coalition.
  “We’re reminding everyone that real Super Bowl Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk,” said Matt Arnold  “If your postseason game plan includes alcohol,  make sure you have a designated driver in your starting line-up. We are asking all party hosts and bar owners to take extra good care of designated drivers this year. Designated drivers make sure everyone gets home safely. For taking on such an important responsibility, they should be rewarded.”  
  The Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk message supports the league-wide designated-driver campaign called Responsibility Has Its Rewards.  Celebrating its eighth season in 2010, the campaign encourages fans to participate in designated-driver programs supported by beer and concessionaire companies at every NFL stadium nationwide.  Throughout the season at all 31 NFL stadiums, more than 170,000 fans made the responsible decision by pledging to be designated drivers this season. Those fans now have a chance to earn the ultimate reward – a trip to Super Bowl XLV® in North Texas at Cowboys Stadium.
  The Responsibility Has Its Rewards Super Bowl XLV winners will be the Designated Drivers for the Season from the AFC Champion and NFC Champion teams.  And the  Designated Driver for the season from TBD will attend the 2011 Pro Bowl in Honolulu , HI . 
   “We want everyone to make the right decision for Super Bowl,” said Officer Matt Arnold. “Having a designated driver should be an obvious call in everyone’s play book. Making sure designated drivers know how much we appreciate their responsible decision is what will make this year’s celebration extra special – and extra safe.”  

If you are hosting a Super Bowl party:
 
Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers before kick-off or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers
  Find unique ways to recognize the designated drivers at your party
  Give them a great spot to watch the game
   Whatever non-alcoholic beverage they are drinking, make sure their glass is always full
  Let them have the first pass at the buffet table
  Make sure their cars are easy to access when it is time to start driving people home   Serve plenty of food
  Offer a variety of non-alcoholic choices like soft drinks, juice, and water
  Serve one drink at a time and serve measured drinks
  Only serve alcohol to guests over 21 years of age
  Determine ahead of time when you’ll stop serving alcohol, such as one hour before the end of the party or at the end of the third quarter of the game (just like NFL stadiums) and begin serving coffee and dessert
  Add the numbers of local cab companies into your phone so they are just one touch away
  Take appropriate steps to prevent anyone from driving while impaired
  Be prepared for guests to spend the night if an alternative way home is not available  

If you are attending a Super Bowl party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant:

  Designate your sober driver before the party begins and leave your car keys at home if you plan to drink
  Find unique ways to recognize the designated drivers when you are out at a bar or restaurant
  Offer to be the designated driver the next time you go out
  Cover the cost for parking or even pay for a tank of gas
   Whatever non-alcoholic beverage they are drinking, make sure their glass is always full
  Pick up the tab for their food and drink
  Before you go out, add the numbers for local cab companies in your cell phone so if you find yourself in need of a ride, it is just one touch away
  Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself—eat enough food, take breaks and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
  Take appropriate steps to prevent anyone from driving while impaired. Remember, Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
  Always buckle up – it’s your best defense on the road

For more information, please visit www.FansDontLetFansDriveDrunk.org or http://www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired.

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