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Driving Drunk Will Penalize Your Super Bowl Plans: Start With A Designate Driver

[Xenia, OH] – The Super Bowl is America’s most popular national sporting event. All across the country, millions of people gather to socialize and watch the big game. The U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with support from the National Football League (NFL) and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition, have joined forces with Greene County’s local highway safety and law enforcement officials to spread an important safety message to the public about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday – Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

“This message is for everyone who will be drinking during the big game. Make the right play and pass your keys to a designated driver so they can get you home safely,” said Laurie Fox, Coordinator for Greene County Safe Communities. “There is no excuse to get flagged for a false start. Our law enforcement men and women of Greene County will be out to stop anyone who decides to drink and drive.”

In 2010, alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.

Driving while impaired could result in a loss of your driver’s license or even possibly the loss of your or someone else’s life. On Super Bowl Sunday, make it a team effort to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. If you plan on driving, plan not to drink alcohol.

If you are hosting a Super Bowl party:

Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers before kick-off or help arrange
ride-sharing with sober drivers.
– Find unique ways to recognize the designated drivers at your party
– Give them a great spot to watch the game.
– Whatever non-alcoholic beverage they are drinking, make sure their glass is always full.
– Let them have the first pass at the buffet table.
– Make sure their cars are easy to access when it is time to start driving people home.

Offer a variety of non-alcoholic choices like soft drinks, juice, and water.

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 party ends or at the end of the third quarter (just like NFL stadiums) and begin serving coffee and dessert.

Add the numbers of local cab companies into your phone so they are just one touch away.

Take appropriate steps to prevent anyone from drinking and driving.

Be prepared for guests to spend the night if an alternative way home is not available.

Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a
drunk-driving crash.

If you are attending a Super Bowl party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant, please follow these guidelines to make sure you enjoy Super Bowl XLVI responsibly:

Designate your sober driver before the party begins.

Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself—eat enough food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.

If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.

Always buckle up – it’s the best defense against other drunk driving.

Take appropriate steps to prevent anyone from driving while impaired. Remember

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Halloween: A Night for Treats, Not Tragedies

(Xenia, OH) – Did you know that on average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween as compared to any other day of the year? Kids will be out this weekend trick or treating while it is dark – making it harder for drivers to see them and because they’re excited about getting candy, they may not be watching out for cars.

Parents and drivers both need to do their part to help kids stay out of the emergency room on Halloween. Emphasize safe pedestrian behaviors to kids before they go out trick-or-treating.
Parents should also remember that costumes can be both creative and safe, so look for ways to use reflective materials. Drivers must slow down and watch out for trick-or-treaters, especially around crosswalks and driveways.

Top tips to keep your kids safe on Halloween

For parents and children:
•   Choose light-colored costumes that can be seen in the dark.
•   Decorate your children’s costumes with reflective materials.
•   Give them flashlights and glow sticks to carry in order to see/be seen better.
•   Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
•   Walk, don’t run, across the street.
•   Walk on sidewalks or paths.
•   If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
•   Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
•   Slow down and stay alert – watch out for cars that are turning or backing up.
•   Never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
•   Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, so use non-toxic face paint, make-up, etc.
For drivers:
•   Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.
•   Please find a designated driver if you plan on drinking.
•   Buckle up to be safe and report drunk drivers to local law enforcement.
•   Slow down in residential neighborhoods and school zones.
•   Remember popular trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m.
•   Be sure to turn on your full headlights.
•   Be especially alert to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
•   Slowly and carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
•   Eliminate distractions such as talking on the phone, texting or eating.

      While pedestrian safety is a main concern on Halloween, parents and kids should also be careful when dealing with candy. Remind children to only eat treats in original and unopened wrappers.

Beggars Night date and times for Greene County are as follows:

•   Beavercreek   10/31, 6-8pm
•   Bellbrook   10/31, 6-8pm
•   Cedarville   10/31, 6-8pm
•   Fairborn   10/31, 6-8pm
•   Jamestown   10/31, 6-8pm
•   Xenia   10/31, 6-8pm
•   Yellow Springs   10/29, 6-8pm

These safety tips have been provided by SafeKids USA. Learn more at www.safekids.org. For more information on the Greene County Safe Communities Coalition, call Laurie Fox at 937-374-5669 or email her at lfox@gcchd.org.