1-27-21 This Super Bowl LV, Help HPD Save Lives: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Safety Section
Torey Keltner, Program Manager
Phone: (808) 961- 2305

Media Release

One of America’s favorite annual sports celebrations, the National Football League’s Super Bowl LV, is on Sunday, February 7, 2021, and the Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD) wants to remind football fans everywhere that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

Although the way we view sporting events has changed for now, HPD wants to make sure everyone is safe on Super Bowl Sunday. In 2020, there were 15 fatal crashes across Hawai‘i Island, and impairment was a factor in 12 of those crashes.

Have a Game Plan: whether you are hosting a virtual watch party or attending a socially distanced small gathering, every Super Bowl party must start with a game plan that prevents drunk driving.   

If the Super Bowl celebration you are attending involves alcohol, plan for a sober ride home. If you’re hosting an intimate gathering of immediate family or your ‘pod’ friends, make sure you take care of your designated drivers.

Drive Responsibly: whether you’re attending a socially distanced gathering or hosting one, keep safety at the forefront. When it’s time to leave, make sure your designated driver is actually sober. If you are driving, make sure you — and your driver — wear your seat belts.

Host Pointers for the Win: if you’re hosting a small gathering for this year’s Super Bowl, prepare plenty of non-alcoholic beverages for your guests and the designated drivers. Don’t forget to include the hand sanitizer and some disposable masks!

Remember: Only one team wins, but if you drive drunk, you may lose money, your reputation, your car, and even your life. Everyone should know by now that it is illegal to drive impaired. Even still, 1,001 people were arrested for DUI last year on island. The costs can be financial, too: If you’re caught drinking and driving, you can face jail time, lose your driver’s license and your vehicle, and pay up to $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, higher insurance rates, and lost wages.

Remember Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

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