NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) was joined by the Tennessee Titans, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, and other traffic safety partners for a press event at Nissan Stadium to help prevent drunk-driving crashes during Super Bowl weekend.
"The game plan is simple," said "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith. "If you are going to drink, make a plan beforehand for a ride home. If you are hosting a party, make sure those who are drinking have a ride. And if you see someone who has been drinking about to drive, take their keys!"
"Last year, there were 75 crashes related to drunk driving during Super Bowl weekend in Tennessee," said THP Colonel Dereck Stewart. "In 2017, there were 71 crashes and four fatalities."
Whether you're throwing a Super Bowl party or just attending one, now is the time to strategize the most important part of your game plan for the big game: a shutdown defense that prevents drunk driving. Follow these simple tips for a safe and happy evening and happy evening.
Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you've had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely.
Download the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's SaferRide mobile app:
SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user's location so he or she can be picked up.
Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is a division of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security advocating for traffic safety. The THSO works in tandem with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement statewide programs addressing occupant protection, impaired driving, speed enforcement, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and crash data collection and analysis. Programs administered by the THSO are 100 percent federally funded. The THSO's mission is to effectively develop, implement, and evaluate these programs. To learn more, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.
The Tennessee Titans take on the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photos)