Drivers Be Safe Superbowl Weekend

Deputies with the Dubois County Sheriff Department along with the Jasper Police Department are partnering with the Governor’s council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal justice Institute to remind motorists to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl responsibly, by driving sober and safe.

In a joint release by both departments, Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Lampert and Jasper Assistant Police Chief Nathan Schmitt say that with increased celebration comes an even greater responsibility to it safely.

Authorities want to remind motorists that during the Super Bowl weekend drinking and driving does not mix. And they ask folks to celebrate responsibly and help keep Indiana roadways safe.

Now during the 2015 Super Bowl weekend, 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 .08 percent or higher.  In total there were 14 injuries and 0 deaths as a result of alcohol-related accidents during that period.

The Sheriff’s Department, Jasper Police, the Governor’s Council, and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute would like to remind motorists that accidents and deaths resulting from impaired driving can be prevented by:

Planning a safeway home before the celebration begins,

Do not drive impaired,

If you drink, call a taxi, or use public transportation, ride sharing service or designate a sober friend or family member and give them your keys,

If you see a potentially drunk driver on the road, call 911.

And if you know of someone who is about to drive, take their keys and help make arraignments to get them home safely.

For more information on Indiana’s efforts on impaired driving prevention and enforcement, please visit: www.in.gov/cji.

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