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News Release

Henderson Police Target Drunk Drivers During Super Bowl Weekend

January 29, 2013



Henderson, Nev. – As people prepare for Super Bowl parties, Henderson Police want to remind everyone to make sure they have a designated driver as part of the team for a sober ride home.

Otherwise, drunk drivers will be faced by saturation patrols of Henderson Police traffic officers, who will be Joining Forces with officers from neighboring jurisdictions looking for drunk drivers.

Sober drivers and alternate ways home need to be planned before kickoff. If you are hosting a Super Bowl party please make sure that all of your guests have arranged for a ride home with a sober driver. Also determine before the game starts when you’ll stop serving alcoholic drinks, such as the end of the third quarter, which is when NFL stadiums halt beer sales. Also make sure that all the people who are drinking at your party are 21 years old or older.

Last year, there were three fatal accidents in Nevada the weekend of the Super Bowl with one fatal accident on Super Bowl Sunday. The fatal accident on Super Bowl Sunday occurred in Lander County; the other two occurred in Clark County with one of those being a DUI-related crash. Neither of the fatal accidents in Clark County on Super Bowl weekend were in Henderson.

In 2012, there were 258 people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Nevada roadways. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 42 of those deaths, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety.
The Henderson Police Traffic Unit received funding from the Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety, as part of the Joining Forces Grant. The grant provides funding for enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. The grant will assist in funding special enforcement details throughout the year targeting seat belt usage, DUIs, pedestrian safety and speeding violations.

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, a 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.
  • 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.
  • Likewise, parents or other adults who provide alcohol to, or host a party where alcohol is available to those under age 21, could face jail time.

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