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Minnesota Super Bowl Sunday Drunk Driving Facts

 

Some days that consistently tally high numbers of drunk driving arrests and accidents are no surprise: New Year’s Eve, Christmas, Eve, and The Fourth of July. Others are more surprising: The night before Thanksgiving, and Superbowl Sunday.

 

In the past 5 years, Minnesota has had 1101 motorists arrested for DWI and none alcohol related traffic accident death.  Those DWIs consequences can be stiff including license suspension for up to one year, possible jail time, and thousands of dollars in fines. Repeat offenders and first time offenders with a blood-alcohol level at 0.16 or above are required to use ignition interlock in order to regain their driving privileges or face at least year without a license. Offenders with three of more offenses are required to use interlock for a minimum of six years or they will lose their ability to drive permanently. The legal limit in Minnesota is 0.08.  Currently, 4,000 DWI offenders in the state are using ignition interlock.

 

To avoid adding to these statistics, make sure you don’t put yourself at any risk.  If you plan to drink on SuperBowl Sunday, plan a safe ride home.  Designate a sober driver, rely on public transportation or a taxi, or spend the night at the location of the celebration.  If you choose to stay sober, offer to provide rides for your family and friends, and put your put down if you see anyone who has had to much try to get behind the wheel. 

 

Drunk driving poses obvious consequences, but so can being on the road as a sober driver when other drivers are under the influence. While driving on SuperBowl Sunday, keep an eye out for drunk drivers.  Be sure to wear your seat belt.  If you see any drivers behaving erratically or disobeying traffic laws, assume they are drunk and stay a safe distance away.  The best place to be is behind the car in question.  If you see someone you suspect may be driving under the influence, call 911 and let them know you’d like to report a possible drunk driver.  Give them a vehicle description complete with license plate information if possible.  Also provide a description of your exact location. 

 

Each year, 30,000 people are arrested for a DWI in Minnesota.  One in seven MN drivers has a DWI on their record. Make sure you don’t add to that number this Superbowl Sunday.  The best way to stay safe is to tolerate no risks when it comes to drunk driving, and plan ahead to ensure your safety.  SuperBowl parties should be a fun, exciting time to gather with friends and families.  Don’t ruin that tradition with your own irresponsibility. 

 

There is a silver lining in the most recent SuperBowl Sunday DWI report: In the past 4 years, there have been zero alcohol related traffic accident deaths on SuperBowl Sunday.  To keep that streak alive, people will have to continue to plan ahead on Superbowl Sunday and put safety first.   The Superbowl should be a fun occasion, so make sure you take steps to stay safe and keep it that way.

 

Story by Hometown Source

 

 


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