Editor:

Super Bowl Sunday is around the corner! No matter who you think should be playing or not playing in the Super Bowl, football fans will be out in numbers celebrating watching the game and partying. I have included several tips, from the Minnesota Safety Council, for partiers to think about when celebrating on Super Bowl Sunday.

If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:

• Designate your sober driver before the party begins.

• Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of 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 if possible stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.

• Use your community’s sober ride program.

• Never let friends drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.

• Always buckle up. It’s still your best defense against other drunk drivers.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:

• Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.

• Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party.

• Host your party just like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee and dessert.

• Keep the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.

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

• If an underage person drinks and drives, the parent may be legally liable for any damage, injury or death caused by the underage driver.

No matter who wins or loses the game, “play it safe” and plan ahead! This will not be the last Super Bowl game and we want you around for the next year’s game and your family. Be smart, don’t drink and drive, and always buckle-up!

Roberta Morrow

Mesabi Safe Communities Coalition

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