PR # 03-07
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ronald J. Young Jr.
LEHIGH VALLEY REGIONAL DUI TASK FORCE REMINDS DRIVERS TO AVOID PENALTIES ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
February 02, 2007
The Lehigh Valley Regional DUI Task Force strongly encourages Super Bowl fans to choose a designated driver if they decide to drink during Sunday’s game. The Lehigh Valley Regional DUI Task Force is warning motorists to be especially vigilant and aware of drunken drivers who, after getting caught up in football revelry, may be intoxicated behind the wheel.
From 1994 to 2004, alcohol-related crashes killed an estimated 170,000 people, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT). From 2000 to 2005, alcohol-related crashes killed an estimated 125 people in Lehigh and Northampton counties, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). It is estimated that one of three Americans can expect to be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY, Page 2.
If you are hosting a party, here a few tips recommended by the Task Force:
WHEN ENTERTAINING GUESTS, BE RESPONSIBLE YOURSELF. Limiting your alcohol intake will allow you to better determine if a guest is able to drive at the end of the night.
SERVE NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Always have alternative beverages for those guests who are driving or choose not to drink.
DON’T FORCE DRINKS ON YOUR GUESTS OR RUSH TO REFILL THEIR GLASSES WHEN EMPTY. Push the food on your guests, not the alcohol.
ALWAYS SERVE FOOD AND WATER WITH ALCOHOL. It is proven that food and water can help counter the effects of alcohol.
SERVE ONLY COFFEE AND TEA TOWARD THE END OF YOUR PARTY (please do so at the end of the 3rd quarter).
ENCOURAGE ALL GUESTS TO HAVE A DESIGNATED DRIVER. Make sure that any guest who has had too much to drink doesn’t drive.
IF A FRIEND HAS HAD TOO MANY, CALL A CAB OR OFFER HIM THE GUEST ROOM. This will protect your guests from an accident and protect you from a lawsuit.
ENCOURAGE GUESTS TO WEAR SEATBELTS AND DRIVE DEFENSIVELY. Stay clear of aggressive or impaired drivers.
Note: In Pennsylvania you can be held financially responsible for your guests’ actions after they leave your party.
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