Make a Super Bowl Game Plan for the Road
Jan. 29, 2018
Well, it’s almost here: the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. And although you’d expect a lot of partying to happen on the weekend of the big game, the estimated 1 million people converging on the Twin Cities could make being a driver, passenger, or pedestrian on the roads a little dicey – even if everyone were sober.
So to stay safe while you’re out having fun Super Bowl weekend and in the days prior with all the events, make sure you have a game plan. The Office of Traffic Safety advises you to plan ahead if you or your friends are planning to drink, and this advertising campaign is helping spread the word:
- Plan for a safe ride — designate a sober driver; use a cab, alternative car service or public transportation; or stay at the location of the party.
- Speak up — offer to be a designated driver or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere. If you see an impaired person about to get behind the wheel, get them a safe ride home.
- Buckle up — the best defense in any type of crash.
- Report drunk driving — call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.
And if it’s not enough just to do the right thing for safety’s sake, remember that there are consequences when you drink and drive. A DWI offense can result in loss of license for one to six years, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time. Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock
in order to regain legal driving privileges or face at least one year without a driver’s license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.
Even if you’re just going about your business on or close to game day, there are important things to remember as a driver:
- Treat every corner as a crosswalk and stop for pedestrians crossing at all corners and crosswalks whether marked or unmarked — this is the law.
- Drive at safe speeds and scan for pedestrians.
- Pay attention — driver distraction is a leading cause of pedestrian/vehicle crashes.
- Use extra caution when turning to look for pedestrians in blind spots.
And if you’re out and about on foot, here are some safety tips for pedestrians:
- Cross at a corner, a marked crosswalk or where a traffic light is present.
- Pay attention, look both ways before crossing, and make eye contact with drivers before entering the road to ensure they see you.
- Continue to look both ways while crossing; distracted drivers aren’t looking out for pedestrians.
- Never cross in the middle of the road or walk down an interstate.
- Wear bright colored clothing when walking at night.
If you plan ahead and stay aware of your surroundings, you can have a safe time during all the Super Bowl-related activities – no matter how you choose to celebrate.