You call the play now, Drink or Drive

(Casper, Wyo.) -Law enforcement wilp be out this Super Bowl weekend to catch drunk drivers. The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl 50 Sunday, February 7, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Wyoming Medical Center Safe Communities and law enforcement officials are urging football fans to call the play now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely. True Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road. In every state, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, yet thousands of people lose their lives to this reckless crime every year. In 2014 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States. In Natrona County, there were 5 DUI arrests last year on Super Bowl Sunday alone. Driving drunk costs lives and the other consequences can be costly as well. In Casper, the typical penalty for a first time DUI is three days in jail, a $750 fine and six months’ probation. “Local police will be increasing patrols this weekend, targeting drunk drivers in an effort to end drunk driving and save lives,” said John Hatcher, a detective with the Casper Police Department. "Drunk driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. We want fans to remember that it’s a choice. Drink or drive—but never do both.” For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it’s a friend, relative, taxi, or use Safe Ride. For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life. For more Super Bowl weekend safety information, visit #oilcity#news #whatshappening#wmc #headsup