If you plan drinking a few beers while watching the big game this weekend, make sure you don’t get behind the wheel, because the police will be out in full force looking for drunk drivers this weekend.
According to a news release, the Illinois State Patrol will be adding extra enforcement on Illinois roads this weekend looking for the “Fatal 4” traffic violations, which are:
- Drunk Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Seat Belt Violations
Officials are hoping that individuals will make smart decisions over the Super Bowl weekend if they know there’s a greater police presence on the roads. State police noted that they issued more than 1,850 Fatal 4 citations over Super Bowl weekend last year.
Super Bowl DUI
Sunday will be the last meaningful football game for seven months, but that doesn’t mean you should overindulge in spirits and get behind the wheel. If you plan on ringing in the final NFL game of the season with a few beverages, the Illinois State Patrol recommends that you plan ahead and find a sober driver.
“DUI’s are responsible for nearly one-third of all fatal crashes in Illinois. A single DUI can cost thousands of dollars, suspension of driving privileges, potential jail time, or worse, cause the death of another motorist,” said Illinois State Police Colonel Tad Williams. “Plan ahead to arrive home safe this Super Bowl weekend by designating a driver or catching a cab. Everyone wins when we all make it home safe.”
The Illinois State Police also offered some advice for anyone planning to host a Super Bowl viewing party this weekend. They recommend serving plenty of non-alcoholic beverages, coordinating sober rides before the end of the game, have cab numbers available for guests or make it known that people are welcome to stay over if they overindulge. Remember, you can be held legally responsible if your guests drive drunk, so plan ahead and make sure nobody gets behind the wheel after one too many adult beverages.