Tips to help prevent drunk driving during Super Bowl weekend

Posted at 4:29 PM, Feb 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-06 16:29:36-05

Richmond, Va. – If you plan on drinking this Sunday for Super Bowl 50, Virginia State Police are asking you to drink responsibly.

With many Super Bowl parties and sports bar events, you may overlook how many drinks you’ve had. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Virginia State Police, and the NFL wants to remind everyone to have a designated driver if you do decide to drink.

If you’re a host for a party and you serve alcohol, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone ends up in a drunk-driving crash.

Here are a few tips to prevent drinking and driving:

  • Designate a driver or schedule a ride beforehand if you plan to drink.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, call a cab, Uber service or stay in for the night.
  • Be a friend and never let someone drive drunk if they have had too much to drink. If you have to, take their keys for their safety.
  • If you’re having a Super Bowl party, serve a lot of food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.

“Not only does an impaired driver put lives at risk on our highways, but also runs the risk of getting arrested for DUI,” says Colonel W. Stevenson Flaherty, the Virginia State Police Superintendent.

A heavy police presence will be on the road for this Sunday’s game. Make sure to think not only about your safety, but the life of another person if you drink and drive.