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Have a plan about drinking, driving on Super Bowl Sunday

Many of us will face a Super Bowl decision this weekend that’s much more important than our prediction of the outcome of the game:

Whether to drink alcohol or drive.

As many gather for parties that include alcohol Sunday night, the Resource Training Center of Amherst, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and local law enforcement officials are urging football fans to decide before the game whether you will drink or you will drive.

“Fans don’t let fans drive drunk,” said Monica Farrar, director of the Resource Training Center, in a news release.

The center offered these tips if you plan to drink during the big game:

• Before Super Bowl Sunday, make a game plan that includes a sober driver – someone who is not drinking at all.

• Leave your keys at home.

• Consider taking a taxi to your destination so you won’t even have the option later to drive impaired.

• Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Eat plenty of food, take breaks and alternate with nonalcoholic drinks.

• If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come get you; or if possible stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.

• Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

If you agree to be the designated driver, take your role seriously and don’t drink and drive; enjoy the party with food and nonalcoholic drinks; and wear your seat belt and require your passengers to do the same.

If someone you know has been drinking and tries to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely.

“Drunk driving is a serious problem with serious consequences,” Farrar said. “Drunk drivers face jail time, the loss of their license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. And if you injure or kill someone in a drunk-driving crash, it’s something you’ll have to live with for the rest of your life.”

For more information, call 983-2258 or visit wnyresourcetraining.org.