CEDAR RAPIDS, IA –The Cedar Rapids Police Department will be participating in a special traffic enforcement project this Super Bowl weekend. In partnership with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, additional law enforcement officers will be on patrol making sure that motorists are not driving impaired.
The Cedar Rapids Police Department and other law enforcement officials throughout the state are huddling up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a special Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk reminder to urge football fans across the nation not to drop the ball on this issue.
Drivers are considered alcohol-impaired if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drunk driving can be deadly, and even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgement to make driving unsafe. In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers. Among the 10,497 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 67 percent (7,052) were in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC of .15, almost twice the legal limit.
If you are attending a Super Bowl party, the Police Department encourages you to develop a game plan so that family and friends know who is the designated driver. There are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home besides relying on family or friends. The options include calling a taxi or using a rideshare program. Drinking and driving is illegal and dangerous. Driving impaired not only endangers the person drinking and driving, but also others using area roadways.