Have a safe game plan Super Bowl Sunday, don't drive impaired

Don't be a loser on Super Bowl Sunday by driving impaired. The Idaho Transportation Department and its law enforcement partners remind fans to stick to a safe game plan.

"We know people will be going to local bars or restaurants, or to a neighbor or friend's house to watch the game," explained Mary Burke, with ITD's Office of Highway Safety. "Make a life-saving choice and designate a sober driver before the party begins. And, if you plan to drink, leave your keys at home."

"It's important to have a transportation plan if alcohol is consumed," she said. "Drivers should be well-rested and prepared to drive the distances required to get their impaired passengers home safely."

She encouraged partygoers to cover costs and consider buying gas for designated drivers.

"Whatever non-alcoholic beverage they are drinking, make sure your Most Valuable Player's glass is always full," she said. "Pick up their tab for food and drink."

Burke offered additional tips to make game day safer.

- If you are impaired, call a taxi or sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

- Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement. To contact the Idaho State Police, call *ISP.

- If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take his of her keys and help make safe travel arrangements.

- Always wear a safety belt while in a car or use a helmet and protective gear when on a motorcycle. These are the best defenses against an impaired driver.

Published 1-24-14