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What Is Your Game Plan?

Date Posted: Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Categories:  News Office of Highway Safety Safety and Homeland Security

DUI enforcement set for Super Bowl Sunday

Dover-  The Delaware Office of Highway Safety and law enforcement officers are reminding everyone this Sunday that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk with over 20 scheduled overtime DUI saturation patrols statewide and one DUI checkpoint in Wilmington.

“If your postseason game plan includes alcohol, make sure you have identified a designated driver. Never let anyone who has been drinking get behind the wheel. Designated drivers are your party’s MVP’s” said Jana Simpler, Director of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety.

Those convicted of a first time DUI offense in Delaware can expect to lose their driver’s license for up to 1 year, attend an 8-week DUI treatment class and pay over six-thousand dollars in court, treatment, DMV, and lawyer’s fees.   Subsequent DUI convictions include mandatory jail time and higher fines.

OHS offers the following tips to help you have a safe Super Bowl weekend: If you’re going out to a bar or party, designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys.  Once out, if you’ve been drinking alcohol, don’t even think about getting behind the wheel. Ask a sober friend for a ride home.  Call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you, or stay where you are and sleep until you are sober.  Finally, remember, Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.

If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, serve lots of high protein food and be sure to include lots of non-alcoholic beverages.  Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game – and begin serving coffee, water, and dessert.  Be sure all of your guests designate their drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.  Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired. Download the OHS Super Bowl Mocktail book for recipes and party tips http://ohs.delaware.gov/pdfs/2014/Mocktails/OHS_13291_SuperBowl_Mocktail_Booklet.pdf.

Last year during NFL playoffs and Super Bowl Sunday, Delaware law enforcement conducted 60 DUI saturation patrols and 3 checkpoints that yielded 7 DUI arrests, 13 drug arrests, 9 wanted persons apprehended, 214 speeding citations, 17 cell phone citations, 28 seat belt citations, and 250 other traffic and criminal arrests.

For more information on any of the OHS campaigns visit www.ohs.delaware.gov and follow regular campaign updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DEHighwaySafe  and Facebook www.facebook.com/ArriveAliveDE.

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