Many fans may be driven to drink Sunday as they celebrate one of the biggest sporting events of the year, but the Missouri Department of Transportation encourages party-goers to designate a sober driver.  Click to hear KMZU’s Janet Adkison speak with MoDot Outreach Coordinator Sandy Hentges:

Sandy Hentges

Press Release from the Missouri Department of Transportation

This weekend, whether you are watching the Super Bowl or hosting a party, you need a pre-game plan for a safe and sober ride home.

MoDOT has a helpful app for those who have been drinking, or anyone who hosted a party and served alcohol – it’s a free app called Show Me My Buzz.

“Sometimes it’s hard to convince people, particularly those who have been drinking, that they shouldn’t drive,” said Leanna Depue, MoDOT’s director of Highway Safety. “MoDOT’s Show Me My Buzz app is intended to get people talking about the fact that any amount of alcohol impairs the ability to drive.”

The free smartphone app, now available in both the Apple App Store and the Android Market, suggests designating a driver who has not been drinking is the only safe option. In more urban areas, it will even provide the phone number of a local cab company with just a tap of the screen.

Alcohol affects everyone differently.  Influencing factors include food consumption, medication, health and psychological conditions.  The best plan is to always designate a sober driver. A sober driver is someone who has not had anything to drink.

There were 213 crashes in Missouri on Super Bowl Sunday 2011.  Three people were killed and 62 were injured. One person was killed and seven were injured in the 22 crashes that involved an impaired driver.

“It is never a good idea to drink and drive,” said Depue. “So on Superbowl Sunday get your head in the game, designate a driver and help your friends download an app that could save their lives.”

If you are hosting a Super Bowl party:

  • Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers before kick-off
  • Find unique ways to recognize the designated drivers at your party
  • Give them a great spot to watch the game
  • Make sure their glass is always full of a non-alcoholic beverage
  • Give them the first pass at the buffet table
  • Make sure their cars are easy to access when it is time to start driving people home
  • Serve plenty of food and offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages
  • Serve one drink at a time and serve measured drinks
  • Only serve alcohol to guests over 21 years of age
  • Determine ahead of time when you’ll stop serving alcohol, such as one hour before the end of the party or at the end of the third quarter of the game (just like NFL stadiums) and begin serving coffee and dessert
  • Have the phone numbers of local cab companies handy
  • And always encourage all partygoers to buckle up coming and going.

Remember, Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. For more information, visit www.modot.org.