The Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership, a consortium of law enforcement agencies throughout Hamilton County, in partnership with the Governor’s Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), would like to remind all Indiana motorists to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl responsibly by driving sober and safe.
“With increased celebration comes an even greater responsibility to do so safely,” stated Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen. “We want to remind motorists during this Super Bowl weekend that drinking and driving don’t mix. We expect our area residents to celebrate responsibly and help keep our Indiana roadways safe. As always, we will be on patrol actively looking for impaired drivers.”
During the 2015 Super Bowl weekend (6 p.m. Jan. 30 through 5:59 a.m. Feb. 2), there were nearly 740 traffic collisions in Indiana. Of those, 45 were alcohol-related, with 60 percent involving a driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or greater. I
n total, there were 14 injuries and zero deaths as a result of alcohol-related accidents.
“Accidents involving impaired drivers are something we can all prevent,” stated Council Chairman, Todd Meyer. “Together, we can work to keep each and every motorist safe during Super Bowl weekend.” The Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership, the Governor’s Council, and ICJI would like to remind motorists that accidents and deaths resulting from impaired driving can be prevented with the following precautions:
- Before the celebration begins, plan a safe way home
- Do not drive impaired
- If you do drink, use a taxi, public transportation, ridesharing service or designate a sober friend or family member, and give them your keys
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help make arrangements to get them home safely.
For more information on Indiana’s efforts on impaired driving prevention and enforcement, please visit: http://www.in.gov/cji/2354.htm.