Game Plan for Super Bowl Sunday: Are You Drinking or Driving? (PHOTO ATTACHED)

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> JACKSON, MISS. – The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.
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> MDOT encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel after drinking. Driving impaired could result in injury or death to you or others on the road.
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> “Drunk driving crashes are completely preventable,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “All it takes is a little planning before your party begins. We want people to remember that it’s a choice: drink OR drive—but never do both.”
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> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 10,000 people are killed every year in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in the United States—31 percent of all crash fatalities in the nation. Don’t become a tragic Super Bowl statistic the Sunday.
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> For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it’s a friend, relative, taxi or public transportation. For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life.