Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email

Superbowl Sunday is fast approaching and with it comes an increased risk of drunk driving accidents.

KDOT and law enforcement officials want to remind Kansans to designate a sober driver.

Superbowl Sunday has come to be one of the top three worst days of the year for drunk driving crashes and fatalities in Kansas.

"Drinking establishments and bars promote Superbowl parties at their establishments with specials. It just has become the thing to do for the Superbowl is go somewhere and party," KDOT's Pete Bodyk said.

But they say there's nothing super about drinking and driving. Alcohol was to blame in 32 percent of all traffic deaths throughout Kansas in 2008, and for almost half of fatal crashes nationwide on Superbowl Sunday.

"If we could drop those imagine how few people would be injured and killed and how few families and friends would have to deal with that injury or the death of that person," Bodyk said.

Law enforcement will be cracking down. "They take days like these very seriously because they know there's going to be a lot of people on the road to and from parties or potentially bars," Bodyk added.

First offense DUIs can get you up to 6 months in jail, $1,000 in fines and a suspended license. So officials say save your money and save lives this Sunday.

Taxi companies in Topeka are not offering any special deals this Sunday so officials say plan ahead and designate a driver before you drink.

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