Law enforcement agencies across King County will deploy additional officers this Super Bowl weekend to keep impaired drivers off of the roadways.
Starting Friday, Feb. 2, officers and troopers from King County’s Target Zero Teams will be stepping up DUI enforcement and patrols. If your Super Bowl game plan involves alcohol, plan ahead for a safe ride home.
“As we gear up for Super Bowl Sunday, designating a sober driver should be at the top of every fan’s game day preparation list,” said Sgt. Jason Bishop, traffic supervisor for the Kent Police. “No matter who we are rooting for on Sunday, there is no doubt that we all want to do so safely.”
Traffic crashes kill and seriously injure thousands of people in the state each year, and impaired driving is a leading cause of these crashes. To keep roads safe officers will patrol areas where a high number of collisions and reports of suspected impaired drivers occur.
More tips on scoring a touchdown on the roads this Super Bowl:
If you are attending a party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant:
• Designate a sober driver before the party begins and leave your car keys at home.
• If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; use a ride share service, call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay where you are.
• Never let a friend get behind the wheel of their vehicle if you think they are about to drive while impaired. Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
• Always buckle up – it’s still your best defense against other impaired drivers.
If you are hosting a party:
• Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in an impaired-driving crash.
• Make up extra rooms and beds for guests to stay the night.
• Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
• Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.
For more information on Target Zero in Washington State, visit wadrivetozero.com.