Letter to the Editor: January 28, 2015


Dear Editor,
The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why Safe Communities of Wright County and local law enforcement officials are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely. 
According to MN Crash Data, in 2013 there were 387 people killed in traffic crashes, 81 of them the direct result of alcohol impairment. Over 25,000 motorists were arrested for Impaired Driving in Minnesota last year – that is an average of 70 per day! One out of every seven MN drivers has a DWI on their driving record. 
For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it’s a friend, relative, taxi, or Sober Cab. For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. 
We want fans to remember that it’s a choice. Drink or drive—but never do both. You might just save a life. 
Dan Zachman
St. Michael
Safe Communities Board Member
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