January 31, 2014 09:05
The Portland Police Bureau and the Oregon State Police will be combining teams this Sunday February 2, 2014, to keep Portland Metro area drivers safe from drunk drivers.
Both the Portland Police Bureau and the Oregon State Police would like to remind football fans to "Think Before You Drink", and arrange safe transportation to and from any Super Bowl festivities.
According to U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), impaired drivers contribute to Super Bowl Sunday becoming one of the most dangerous days on the road. Nationwide, approximately 48 percent of traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday involve a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher.
As game day approaches and football fans finalize plans, the Portland Police Bureau and the Oregon State Police join the NHTSA and the National Football League and other partners in spreading the message about designating a sober driver because - Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.
Before choosing to drink, choose your MVP - A sober, designated driver.
If you're attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:
* Designate your sober driver before the party begins.
* Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
* Make sure your ride is sober before letting him/her drive you.
* If you don't have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or if possible stay where you are for the night and don't drive until you are sober.
* Never let a friend drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.
* Always buckle up. It's still your best defense against other drunk drivers.
If you're hosting a Super Bowl party:
* Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
* Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
* If you plan to stay sober, offer to drive guests home.
* Encourage guests to pace themselves.
* Host your party like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee and dessert.
* Keep the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
* Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.
Support zero tolerance for impaired driving by reporting impaired drivers to 9-1-1.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204