By RICH MYERS
Public Information Officer, Indiana State Police
INDIANA — The Indiana State Police, in partnership with the Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, reminds all Indiana motorists to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl responsibly by driving sober and safe.
“Whether it’s the Super Bowl or any other event, please remember that alcohol, drugs and driving aren’t in the athlete’s playbook and it shouldn’t be in yours’ either,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “Alcohol, drugs and driving are a deadly combination to be avoided regardless of the occasion, so do your part to keep Indiana roads safe and have a designated driver.”
During the 2015 Super Bowl weekend, 6 p.m. Jan 30 through 5:59 a.m. Feb. 2, there were nearly 740 traffic collisions in Indiana. Of those, 45 were alcohol-related, with 60 percent involving a driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or greater. In total, there were 14 injuries and 0 deaths as a result of alcohol-related accidents.
“Accidents involving impaired drivers is something we can all prevent,” said Council Chairman, Todd Meyer. “Together, we can work to keep each and every motorist safe during Super Bowl weekend.”
The Indiana State Police, Governor’s Council and ICJI remind motorists that accidents and deaths resulting from impaired driving can be prevented with the following precautions:
- Before the celebration begins, plan a safe way home
- Do not drive impaired
- If you do drink, use a taxi, public transportation or ride-sharing 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, click here.