The La Porte Police Department, in partnership with the Governor’s Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), would like to remind all Indiana motorists to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl responsibly, by driving sober and safe.
“With increased celebration, comes an even greater responsibility to celebrate safely,” said Captain Tom Heath. “We want to remind motorists during the Super Bowl weekend that drinking and driving don’t mix. So celebrate responsibility and help keep our Indiana roadways safe.”
During the 2015 Super Bowl weekend (6:00 p.m. Jan 30 through 5:59 a.m. Feb. 2), there were nearly 740 traffic collisions in Indiana. Of those, 45 were alcohol-related, with 60 percent involving a driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or greater. In total, there were 14 injuries and 0 deaths as a result of alcohol-related accidents.
“Accidents involving impaired drivers are something we can all prevent,” said Council Chairman, Todd Meyer. “Together, we can work to keep each and every motorist safe during Super Bowl weekend.”
The La Porte Police Department, the Governor’s Council, and ICJI would like to remind motorists that accidents and deaths resulting from impaired driving can be prevented with the following precautions:
- Before the celebration begins, plan a safe way home
- Do not drive impaired
- If you do drink, use a taxi, public transportation, ridesharing service or designate a sober friend or family member, and give them your keys
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help make arrangements to get them home safely
To learn more about La Porte Police, please visit: http://www.lpcitypd.com/. For more information on Indiana’s efforts on impaired driving prevention and enforcement, please visit: http://www.in.gov/cji/2354.htm.