As Super Bowl Sunday approaches and football fans prepare for the game, police in Maryland will conduct a statewide effort pushing to spread the message that 'Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.'
Authorities say there's absolutely no excuse to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking alcohol. In Maryland an average of 175 people lost their lives in each of the past five years to alcohol-related crashes.
If you're hosting a Super Bowl Party, include a safe ride home plan for guests who drink.
Before kickoff, take car keys from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter and begin serving coffee and dessert.
Keep phone numbers of local cab companies handy.
If you're waiting the game at a sports bar or restaurant:
Designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely before the game begins.
Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.
At the end of the night, two very important things to remember are:
Don't rely on coffee to make you sober. Caffeine boosts alertness, but it won't sober you up.
Only time will do that.
Use your seat belt. Your seat belt is your best defense against a drunk driver in a crash.