Sheriff Offers Super Bowl Sunday Safety Tips

According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, national statistics show that alcohol related fatalities spike on holidays and popular drinking days, like the upcoming Super Bowl Sunday.

“Drinking and driving is not a game – it’s a deadly combination,” said Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol. “Have a plan and designate a sober driver before you stock up on food and drinks for the game.”

Sheriff Maciol offers these tips to make sure you and your friends & loved ones get home safe:

•Have a plan - if you plan to drive, don’t drink.

•If you plan to drink, select a designated driver and give them your car keys. If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, or stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.

•Always buckle up.

If you’re hosting the party, you can follow these tips:

•Offer food and plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.

•Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance - make it your responsibility to help arrange ride-sharing for your guests with other sober drivers.

•Keep the numbers for local cab companies and ride sharing services handy, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.