Friday, February 04, 2011
Super Bowl Safety
This Sunday February 6, 2011, many citizens will be celebrating Super Bowl XLV. That means that some people may be celebrating the game with alcoholic beverages before, during, and after the football game. Both the Bryan Police Department and the College Station Police Department encourage you to have a safe weekend during this festive sporting event by making sure that you or others don’t drink and drive.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has partnered with the National Football League (NFL) and many other organizations to spread the word that “FANS DON’T LET FANS DRIVE DRUNK.” NHTSA believes that proactive marketing combined with increased law enforcement effort, such as “OVER THE LIMIT, UNDER ARREST” can be most effective in achieving significant safety results in lowering the number of drunk drivers out on the roadway.
Remember that in Texas, a person is legally intoxicated and may be arrested and charged with DWI with a .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Impairment begins with the first drink. A person’s weight, the number of drinks, and the amount of food you have eaten can affect your body’s ability to handle alcohol. This can affect you decision making ability and reaction time while operating a vehicle. You may think you are okay, but in actuality you are a danger to others. Our officers will be keeping the roadway safe this weekend and looking for impaired driving. If you are drinking, have a plan ahead of time so your Super Bowl is fun and safe.
Here are a few tips to stay safe this Super Bowl weekend:
• Don’t Drink and Drive
• Have a designated driver – plan ahead and have a ride home
• Call a taxi – if you are in a group, you can split the cab fare
• Call a friend – contact a sober friend to give you a ride home
• Call a tow truck – have them tow your vehicle home
• Plan on staying the night at your location
• If you are hosting a party and alcohol is served, make sure your partygoers have a sober ride home or offer them a place to stay for the night.
• Remember: “FANS DON’T LET FANS DRIVE DRUNK”
The safety of our community does not have borders. It is the goal of every law enforcement agency to protect the citizens that we serve. Be the eyes and ears of your police department. When you see suspicious activity contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600, the Texas A&M University Police Department at 979-845-2345, or the Bryan Police Department and the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office at 979-361-3888. Together we can make a difference in our community.
For more information about NHTSA:
Officer Jon Agnew
Public Information Officer
Bryan Police Department
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