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Agencies Urge Super Bowl Safety for Georgia Drivers

1/31/2014

 

January 31, 2014

Agencies Urge Super Bowl Safety for Georgia Drivers

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

 

ATLANTA--Thousands of Department of Driver Services (DDS) customers are seeing a crucial message about staying safe through the upcoming Super Bowl weekend as they visit driver’s licensing and testing centers statewide.  DDS Commissioner Rob Mikell, Georgia Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) Director Harris Blackwood and Department of Public Safety (DPS) Commissioner Colonel Mark McDonough have partnered to display “Fans don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” on center television screens -- a message provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA).

 “Whether attending the game, watching at a bar or hosting a party, please be responsible and remind everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk,” said Commissioner Mikell.  “Not only can you lose your driving privileges, but you may lose your life.”

According to NHTSA, in 2011, 9,878 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These crashes were 31 percent more likely to occur on weekends than on weekdays.  

“Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest single days for DUI arrests in Georgia,” said Director Blackwood, GOHS. “Hopefully, those who choose to drink will designate a driver or make other arrangements to get to their destination.”

“Troopers enjoy watching the game just like everyone else, but we caution drivers to plan for a sober designated driver if alcohol consumption will be part of your celebrations,” said Colonel McDonough, DPS. “We want everyone to enjoy the game this weekend, but more importantly, we want everyone to be safe on our roads,” he added.

The agencies partnered to have this important message displayed on the Motor Vehicle Network (MVN) screens installed at 29 DDS’ locations throughout the state.  MVN provides customized information and entertainment to customers waiting to be served at no cost to the state.

For more information, please visit online at www.dds.ga.gov, www.georgia.gov or TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.