While state and national health officials are expressing worry about Super Bowl Sunday as a super-spreader event, local police departments are concerned about the possibility of increased drunken driving incidents.
To combat that, many police departments in our area area beefing up patrols, as part of the state’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns.”
The St. Charles Police Department is the first to announce that it will have extra officers patrolling the city streets looking for impaired drivers. The extra officers will be working Sunday.
“We acknowledge that this year’s Super Bowl celebrations are going to be very different for some; however, we also need to be progressive in our efforts to ensure those who are traveling remain safe,” said St. Charles Police Department Cmdr. Rich Clark. “Even one drink or hit can impair one’s judgment. You should never put yourself or others at risk because you made the choice to drive impaired. In 2019 alone, there were 10,142 people killed in alcohol-impaired crashes.”
Some tips the police department recommends for a safe Super Bowl Sunday include:
Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 911.
- Have a friend who is about to drive impaired? Take the keys away and arrange to get your friend home safely.
- Hosting a party? Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages, and make sure all your guests have a sober ride home.
- Always buckle up! It’s your best defense in case of a crash.
“We want everyone on Monday to be talking about the game, not an unnecessary and preventable tragedy,” Clark said.
The Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs are administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
SOURCE: St. Charles Police Department, Illinois Department of Transportation