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Posted on: January 31, 2017

Police Say: Have a Game Plan for Super Bowl Sunday: Are You Drinking OR Are You Driving?

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The Lombard Police Department has announced that it will conduct special patrols this Super Bowl weekend, cracking down on alcohol and drug-impaired drivers and seat belt law violators.

“Impaired driving crashes are completely preventable,” said Lombard Police Traffic Unit Officer Paula Rojas. “All it takes is a game plan. We want fans to remember that it’s a choice, and the choice is simple. Drink or drive—but never do both. If you do, you will be arrested.”

Drivers are reminded that if they plan on drinking alcohol while cheering, to pass their keys to a sober driver before the Super Bowl party begins, and to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

“Motorists also can anticipate tickets for ignoring seat belt laws,” Officer Rojas continued.

Rojas said designating a sober driver before the party and not letting friends drive drunk or drug-impaired are two simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest due to impaired driving. Other important tips include:

  • Call a taxi or ride share service, use mass transit, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely;
  • Report drunk drivers to law enforcement;
  • Spend the night where the activity is being held and sleep it off;
  • Always buckle up. And make sure every passenger is wearing a seat belt.

The Lombard Police Department’s Super Bowl enforcement effort is made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Please call the Lombard Police Department at (630)873-4400 with any questions.

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