Drinking And Driving Issues Over Super Bowl Weekend

Statistics indicate that while drunk driving accidents happen at various times in DuPage County as well as elsewhere in Illinois, at certain times – especially during holidays and around major events – these drunk driving accidents tend to be more numerous.

Today (January 29, 2015) the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a press release titled “Choose a Winning Team on Super Bowl Sunday: Drinking or Driving.” (pdf)  This release discusses various aspects of traffic safety as it relates to drinking and driving during Super Bowl Sunday weekend.

A few notable excerpts:

The Illinois State Police and more than 100 local police departments and sheriff’s offices will be out in force this weekend, stepping up enforcement on drunk driving and seat belt compliance.


In Illinois over the last five years (2010-2014),18 motor-vehicle fatalities occurred on Super Bowl Sunday. Nine of those fatalities, or 50 percent, involved a driver who had been drinking.

“Drunk driving remains one of the highest contributory causes of fatal crashes,” said ISP Colonel Mike Zerbonia. “ISP Troopers will strictly enforce DUI’s during Super Bowl weekend. Choosing alcohol over your safety and the safety of others can only lead to tragic defeat,” he stressed.

The release also provides tips and suggestions as to how to have a safe (as far as travel by vehicle) Super Bowl Sunday.

Also provided are tips for those who are hosting Super Bowl parties.  An excerpt:

Always remember:

You can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.

Parents or other adults who provide alcohol to a minor may be legally liable and could face jail time for any damage, injury or death caused by the underage driver.

Additional details can be seen in the IDOT press release mentioned above.

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