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Super Bowl 2010 Message - "Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk"
02/02/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Pager: (503) 323-3195
 
Shelley Snow
ODOT Public Affairs
Office: (503) 986-3438

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Today in Eugene, the Oregon Governor's Advisory Committee on DUII, in partnership with the Oregon State Police, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, and the Oregon Department of Transportation, announced that police officers statewide will be intensifying efforts Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th, as part of the national "Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk" campaign. The announcement involved a team of traffic safety partners at an alcohol impairment awareness demonstration at the Lane Event Center in Eugene. The goal: raise awareness about the importance of driving sober so we can save lives.
 
Super Bowl Sunday is one of America's biggest and most entertaining national sporting events as friends and families gather to watch the big game. Yet, it has also become one of the nation's most dangerous days on the roadway due to impaired driving. According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), neither of Oregon's two traffic fatalities during last year's Super Bowl weekend involved an impaired driver. But, during 2008 a total of 136 people lost their lives in alcohol-impaired crashes.
 
"Make the right call before this weekend's game by designating a sober driver," said Governor Ted Kulongoski. "Play by the rules of the game out on our roads. Help everyone to safely travel wherever they may be going by making responsible decisions."
 
Tossing your keys to a sober driver should be a pass made all year, not just Super Bowl weekend. State, county and local police agencies will put extra patrols on area roads to defend against those dangerous and impaired drivers who aren't playing by the rules. Last year, OSP troopers arrested 50 DUII drivers over the weekend, twenty-one of which happened Sunday after 12 noon. Two years ago, troopers arrested 23 DUII drivers over Super Bowl weekend, of which thirteen happened after 12 noon. Annually, Oregon police officers arrest an average of 25,000 DUII drivers.
 
"The message is simple and to the point. Driving under the influence is a crime and just not acceptable. No matter what you drive — a passenger car, pickup, sport utility vehicle or motorcycle — if you get caught driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you will be arrested," said Chuck Hayes, chair of the Governor's Advisory Committee on DUII and retired director of the Oregon State Police Patrol Services Division.
 
Irresponsible decisions can also have a bigger financial impact following an Oregon law change that went into effect January 1, 2010. Courts can now impose a minimum fine of $2,000 on those persons convicted of DUII with a blood alcohol content of .15 percent or more.
 
According to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008, fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes accounted for 32 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities. On Super Bowl Sunday, 49 percent of the fatalities occurred in crashes where a driver or motorcycle rider had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher.
 
Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, ODOT and Mother's Against Drunk Driving stress that designating a sober driver should be on the top of everyone's Super Bowl party list. Join their team and report possible intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or Oregon State Police dispatch at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7856).
 
If you are hosting a Super Bowl party:
 

* Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in an impaired driving crash.
* Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
* Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
* Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
* Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.
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 give that person your car keys.
* Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself—eat enough food, take breaks and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
* If you don't have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you; or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.
* Use your community's Sober Rides programs;
* Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.
 
Remember, Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.
 
* Always buckle up – it's still your best defense against other impaired drivers.
 
For updated information on highway work and current travel information throughout Oregon, visit www.tripcheck.com, or call the Oregon road report at 5-1-1 or (800) 977-6368.
 
Law enforcement representatives present at Tuesday's awareness event were from the following agencies:
 
Oregon State Police
Lane County Sheriff's Office
Eugene Police Department
 

Additional tips and more information is also available at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.
 

NOTE: Media ride-along requests should be directed to your local OSP office and local police agencies. Questions regarding local OSP patrol plans should be directed to your local OSP office.
 
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