Law enforcement will work overtime to crack down on drunk drivers
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Transportation, Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Titans and Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security are once again teaming up to remind Tennessee football fans that real Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk this Super Bowl weekend.“We want you to have a good time but more importantly we want you to be safe,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “If you’re going to drink let someone else drive you home. It’s that simple. Everyone thinks it won’t happen to them and it always happens to somebody. Don’t be that somebody.”
“The Super Bowl is a reason to celebrate,” Kendell Poole, Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, said. “Whether you’re watching at a bar or hosting a party, have a good time and enjoy the game, but always be responsible.”
Nearly 9,000 Titans’ fans promised to be the designated driver for friends and family during the 2013 season, making the Titans one of the top four teams in the AFC Division for designated driver pledges.
“We’re proud of our fans’ dedication to responsible behavior this season and we want all football fans to follow their leadership this weekend,” added Don MacLachlan, Titans Executive Vice President of Administration and Facilities. “Before choosing to drink, choose your team’s MVP – a sober designated driver.”
This season, Titans’ fans joined nearly 250,000 NFL fans in the Designated Driver program, which is a collaboration among all 32 NFL teams, 31 stadiums, concessionaires, beer distributors and brewers, broadcasters, law enforcement agencies, and traffic safety experts.
“One of the main priorities of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is to ensure Tennesseans are safe and secure on our roadways. Super Bowl Sunday is no exception. We value our partnership with TDOT, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Titans. These partnerships are essential to our overall success of traffic safety education and enforcement,” Deputy Commissioner Larry Godwin said.
According to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, one person was killed in an alcohol related crash on Tennessee roadways during last year’s Super Bowl weekend, down from four deaths in 2012.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott says enforcement efforts are working. “Last year, state troopers removed 94 drunk drivers from state roadways during Super Bowl weekend. We’re hopeful that our enforcement, including sobriety and seat belt checkpoints and roving patrols, motorists will think twice before drinking and driving. And remember, your seat belt is your best defense against a drunk driver in a crash.”
A listing of THP sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints is attached to this release and can be found here.