As Super Bowl Sunday approaches and football fans prepare for the game, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reminded motorists to designate a sober driver.

As Super Bowl Sunday approaches and football fans prepare for the game, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reminded motorists to designate a sober driver.
Preliminary numbers for 2017 show that 175 people were killed and 581 were seriously injured in Missouri crashes that involved a substance-impaired driver.
“One careless act affects all of us,” said MoDOT Director of Highway Safety Bill Whitfield. “Before choosing to drink, choose your team’s MVP – a sober designated driver.”
The coalition offers the following plans to make sure you and your guests arrive home safely Sunday night.
If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:
• Designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins.
• If you don’t have a designated driver, then ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you; or just stay for the night.
• Never let friends drive if they’ve had too much to drink.
• If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take the keys and help them make safe travel arrangements.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:
• Make sure all of your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely.
• Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
• Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
• Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink.
For more information on highway safety, go to saveMOlives.com. You can also follow SaveMOLives on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, #saveMOlives, drivesoberMO and #ArriveAlive.