Montoursville, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Community Traffic Safety Project (CTSP) and the Lycoming County DUI Task Force today highlighted the importance of designated driving as part of a local Super Bowl Sunday impaired driving campaign.
Despite the Steelers missing a Super Bowl appearance, regional PennDOT representatives will join forces with safety partners and Bart’s Pizzeria in Williamsport through February 5 to distribute safe driving reminders on their pizza boxes or take out items.
As part of a statewide initiative, the educational outreach will look to reduce DUI crashes and fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday and beyond. Campaign materials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Super Bowl Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign were distributed.
In addition, the CTSP developed stickers that were sent to several more pizzerias in Lycoming, Tioga and Bradford Counties for pizza boxes and take out containers. Posters with similar messages were also sent to area beer distributors.
Preliminary PennDOT data shows there were 187 crashes in Pennsylvania during the 2016 Super Bowl, 26 of those crashes were alcohol-related. With the potential for unpredictable winter weather; speeding, distractions and carelessness roads are even more dangerous when the driver is impaired.
Lycoming DUI Task Force Coordinator and Old Lycoming Township Police Chief Joe Hope confirmed the task force will be conducting roving patrols throughout the county during Super Bowl Sunday. Efforts will include combatting drug-impaired driving, which accounted for 50 percent of DUI arrests in 2015.
PennDOT offers Super Bowl safe driving tips including:
• Plan ahead, designate a sober driver before leaving home;
• If hosting a party, offer plenty of non-alcoholic drinks and snacks;
• Take the keys from someone who should not be driving and help them find a safe ride home;
• Report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement;
• Slow down and avoid distractions; and
• Always wear your seat belt and require your passengers to do the same.
Another option for obtaining a safe ride home is available through the SaferRide app. Individuals can download the free SaferRide app on Android and Apple devices from the Google Play or iTunes stores. Once downloaded to a smart phone, the SaferRide app provides three simple options to a user: review and call taxi services available in the area, call a contact programmed into the app in advance and view a map of the user’s location.
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