IDOT encouraging driving safety after the Big Game

Anyone attending a party is encouraged to designate a sober driver ahead of time or be prepared to take a cab or use a ride-sharing service. (Photo courtesy Pixabay)


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is joining forces with Illinois State Police and law enforcement across the state to encourage driving safety after the Super Bowl this Sunday.

According to an IDOT news release, they are reminding everyone who plans to party and watch the Super Bowl to have a game plan to get home safely.

“If you’re attending a Super Bowl party, the best call you can make before you start to celebrate is to plan for a safe ride home so that when the party’s over, you don’t get sidelined – or sideline anyone else – by driving impaired,” IDOT’s Director of Highways Project Implementation Steve Travia said. “Driving impaired is not a game and can have fatal consequences for you and others on the road.”

Anyone attending a party is encouraged to designate a sober driver ahead of time or be prepared to take a cab or use a ride-sharing service.

Anyone hosting a party is encouraged to stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter and to ensure all guests have a sober ride home.

An increased law enforcement presence will be patrolling around the state to help keep impaired drivers off the road.

“Whether you’re a Chiefs or 49ers fan, the penalty for driving impaired is much more severe than a loss of downs – it could be the loss of life,” said ISP Division of Patrol Col. Chris Owen. “There is no challenge flag for a bad call. Make the right call the first time and don’t drive impaired.”

The Super Bowl enforcement efforts are made possible with federal funding administered by IDOT.

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