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Grass Valley Police Department reminds Superball fans not to drive drunk
Grass Valley Police Department reminds Superball fans not to drive drunk

The Grass Valley Police Department is reminding football fans that if your Super Bowl celebration includes alcohol, make the right decision before kickoff and always have a designated sober driver. This local message to Super Bowl fans joins with the national “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” message from the National Football League (NFL), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the HERO Campaign and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition.

The Nevada County Avoid the 5 DUI Task Force will be deploying special roving DUI patrols in several communities throughout the area looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired. These DUI patrols are in addition to regularly scheduled patrol officers, all looking for the tale-tell signs of an intoxicated driver behind the wheel. Funding for the Avoid DUI Task Force is from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

“We’re reminding everyone that real Super Bowl Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk,” said Captain Rex Marks. “If your postseason game plan includes alcohol, make sure you have a designated sober driver in your starting line-up. We are asking all party hosts and bar owners to take extra good care of designated sober drivers this year. Designated sober drivers make sure everyone gets home safely. For taking on such an important responsibility, they should be rewarded.”

The Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk message supports the league-wide designated-driver campaign called Responsibility Has Its Rewards. Celebrating its eighth season in 2010, the campaign encourages fans to participate in designated-driver programs supported by beer and concessionaire companies at every NFL stadium nationwide. Throughout the season at all 31 NFL stadiums, more than 170,000 fans made the responsible decision by pledging to be designated drivers this season. Those fans now have a chance to earn the ultimate reward – a trip to Super Bowl XLV® in North Texas at Cowboys Stadium.  The Responsibility Has Its Rewards Super Bowl XLV winners will be the Designated Drivers for the Season from the AFC Champion and NFC Champion teams. And a Designated Driver for the Season from the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers has a chance to attend the 2011 Pro Bowl in Honolulu, HI.

“We want everyone to make the right decision for the Super Bowl,” said Captain Marks. “Having a designated sober driver should be an obvious call in everyone’s play book. Making sure designated sober drivers know how much we appreciate their responsible decision is what will make this year’s celebration extra special – and extra safe.”

For more information, please visit www.FansDontLetFansDriveDrunk.org or www.californiaavoid.org or http://www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired.


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