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Football fans across the country will celebrate America’s most
watched national sporting event, Super Bowl LI this Sunday, February 5th. For many, the
celebration will include the consumption of alcohol.
That is why Hunterdon and Somerset County
highway safety and law
enforcement officials are teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) for a special “
Super Bowl
Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk”
reminder to urge all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend by not
driving under the influence of alcohol.
Drunk driving can be deadly. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood
alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, but even a small amount of alcohol can
impair judgment and reaction times enough to make driving unsafe. According to
NHTSA, in 2015, 10,265 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States that
year were killed in crashes that involved an impaired driver.
Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson stated, “If you plan on consuming alcohol this
Super Bowl, remember to pass the keys to a designated driver to help your family and
friends get home safely. Drunk driving only leads to disaster and tragedy and with
multiple taxi services/rideshare programs available at the touch a fingertip via a smart
phone, there is no excuse to be driving under the influence.”
Throughout Sunday afternoon and evening, law enforcement agencies in
Hunterdon and Somerset Counties will be conducting supplemental patrols on the
lookout for impaired drivers. The extra patrols are funded through a grant from the New
Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Additionally, specially trained officers will be
available to assist with drivers that are under the influence of drugs rather than alcohol. It
is strongly recommended that fans that are impaired secure a safe ride home by
designating a sober driver, using public transportation, or calling a taxi or rideshare
In addition, NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, is another resource to help football
fans who have been drinking find a sober ride home–by identifying their location and
helping to call a taxi or a friend to pick them up.
Designated sober drivers for Super Bowl weekend should refrain from drinking
alcohol and enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks instead. They can tweet
during Super Bowl LI to be featured on NHTSA’s national Wall of Fame.
This Super Bowl weekend, be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from
getting behind the wheel. Designate your sober driver before the big game begins and
remember: “
Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk”
Law enforcement from the following agencies will be participating in this
Bernards Township
Bound Brook
Branchburg Township
Bridgewater Township
Clinton Township
Franklin Township – Somerset
Green Brook Township
Hillsborough Township
Montgomery Township
North Plainfield
Peapack Gladstone
Readington Township
Warren Township
Somerset County Sheriff’s Office