Bowl fans urged to use sober ride

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In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers nationwide.

Illinois State Police will increase the amount of officers they have out on state roads for the upcoming Super Bowl weekend.

Many law enforcement agencies will be working overtime this weekend to look out for drunk and distracted drivers.

A news release from the MPD encourages driver to download the Designated Driver VIP, or "DDVIP", free mobile app for Android or iPhone.

They say you should plan ahead and designate a sober driver, call a cab or use a ridesharing service.

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A government panel is recommending that states significantly lower their drunken driving thresholds as part of a blueprint to eliminate alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year. For many football fans, when it's time for Super Bowl LII, everyone's a fan...and Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.

However, you can be impaired with a BAC lower than.08. It is always okay to call 9-1-1 to report an impaired driver.

Designate - or be - a sober driver.

For many, the Super Bowl celebration - whether watching the game or enjoying the commercials - will include drinking alcohol. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play and Apple devices on the iTunes store. Let the squad know that you'll be there for them when the party's over with a safe, sober ride home.

"In 2017, state troopers removed 116 impaired drivers from state roadways during Super Bowl weekend", said THP Colonel Tracy Trott. Take the keys and make alternate arrangements.

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