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Telephone Fraud on the Rise: Consumers Beware, Warns Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – There are hundreds of scams targeting consumers every day. Among them are phantom debt, fake lotteries, work-at-home, credit repair, and fake utility bills to name a few. But all scams have one thing in common and it seems a scammer who wants to take your money. What is the most frequent method they use? The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says contrary to popular belief, it’s not the Internet.

“Scams and different types of fraud are a major threat facing consumers” says Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “And more frequently, the scammers are doing their usual work the old-fashioned way by telephone.”

The National Consumers League (NCL) reports that nearly 43% of their complainants say they were first contacted by a scammer by phone. Next on the list was the Web at just under 31%, email at 16% and snail mail at 7%.

“This phone trend is particularly troubling,” noted Bernas, “Because it opens an especially vulnerable group – the elderly – to greater risk.”

There is another trend, in the NCL study worth noting. A change in how victims report sending money to con artist. Previously, wire transfer has been the method most often used. However, today credit cards are used more frequently. That’s good news because when the fraud is discovered the victim has a better chance of recovering their money by filing a dispute with their credit card company.

Tips to avoid being scammed:

* Know who you’re dealing with. If a company or charity is unfamiliar, check it out with the BBB. Fraudulent operators open and close quickly, so the fact that no one has made a complaint yet doesn’t guarantee the company or charity is legitimate. Ask for advice about the type of pitch you received and the danger signs of fraud.

* Some telemarketing pitches are blatantly fraudulent and you should know the signs. It’s illegal for telemarketers to ask for a fee upfront if they promise or claim it’s likely they’ll get you a credit card or loan or to “repair” your credit. It’s also illegal for any company to ask you to pay or buy something to win a prize or to claim that paying will increase your chances of winning. Also it’s illegal to buy and sell tickets to foreign lotteries by phone or mail.

* Other danger signs of fraud may he harder to recognize. They include: pressure to act immediately; refusal to send you written information; use of scare tactics; demands to send payment by wire or courier; demands for payment of taxes or customs fees to claim a prize; requests for your financial account numbers even though you’re not paying for something with them; promises to recover money you’ve lost in other scams, for a fee; claims that you can make lots of money working from home; and refusal to stop calling when you say you’re not interested.

* How you pay matters. If you pay for a transaction with cash, check, or money order, your money is gone before you realize there is a problem. Paying by credit card is safest because you can dispute the charges if you don’t get what you were promised.

* Be prepared when you answer the phone. Think about the advice you’d give someone else about how to detect fraud, then follow that advice yourself. Use Caller ID or an answering machine to screen calls. Don’t hesitate to hang up on suspicious calls.

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U.S. Energy Department Award Will Enable Cook County, Partners To Identify Opportunities for Advancing Solar Power

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The Cook County Department of Environmental Control will receive a federal cooperative award of $1.2 million to help bring “community shared” solar power in the region.

The “Solar Market Pathways” project was one of 15 awarded nationally as part of the U.S Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. Application for the cooperative agreement was made in coordination with the City of Chicago.

Additional partners include nonprofits Elevate Energy and the Environmental Law and Policy Center, and technical consultant West Monroe Partners. ComEd will also be a member of the project’s Steering Committee.

Community shared solar is a solar-electric system that provides power and/or financial benefit to multiple community members, expanding access to solar power for renters, condominium owners, those with shaded roofs and those who choose not to install a residential system on their home for financial or other reasons.

The award will fund efforts over the next two-plus years to identify and establish models for community solar and eliminate barriers to implementing such projects. The Solar Market Pathways program will expand access to solar power for Chicago-area residents, building on the City and County collaboration on the Solar Chicago program, a partnership to make solar more affordable for homeowners.

“While we have already had significant success on energy efficiency, the next step has to be increasing renewable energy,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “Community solar is an exciting concept that, in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, can also provide economic savings to County residents. My Sustainability Advisory Council recommended that the County help all of its communities become more sustainable, and this project will open up the benefits of solar to wider groups of the population that otherwise would not be able to afford it.”

“This funding will build on Chicago’s successful renewable energy programs like Chicago Solar Express and Solar Chicago that have made installing solar easier, cheaper and faster than ever,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  “With this award, the City and County will pilot new community solar programs that will help even more residents across our region access renewable energy – reducing pollution, creating jobs and saving money.”

Other organizations that are supporting and have agreed to assist with the project include:  Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, Chicago Housing Authority, Cook County Land Bank Development Authority, South Suburban Land Bank Authority, Chicago Infrastructure Trust, Chicago Public Schools, Housing Authority of Cook County, Illinois Power Authority, as well as Johnson Controls and NORESCO, both of which are energy savings companies.

The goal of this initiative is to provide at least 30,000 people in Cook County who would not otherwise be able to benefit from solar energy with access within the next eight years.

The project will:

-        Inventory the current community solar marketplace.

-        Identify the potential market for community solar (suitable available sites/supply, and customer base/demand).

-        Analyze the economics of different ownership structures (such as independent, private entity, utility-sponsored, or group of subscribers).

-        Identify the structural and policy barriers to community solar and propose approaches to eliminate those barriers.

-        Detail five-to-seven pilot projects to determine what it would take to move them to implementation and create models that could be replicated and used across the region.

-        Disseminate lessons learned from the pilots so other regional projects can succeed.

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Through SunShot, the Energy Department supports efforts by private companies, universities, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity.

Young Sickle Cell Patients Gain Alternative Treatment to Blood Transfusions

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Daily medication reduces stroke risk and avoids side effects of transfusions; called “major advancement”

Dr. Russell Ware, MD PhD, director of Hematology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is one of the leading researchers of the study.

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) For young sickle cell anemia (SCA) patients at the highest risk of stroke, a daily dose of the medication hydroxyurea provides management of the disease that is just effective as monthly blood transfusions, without the issues of iron overload and antibody formation which are sources of morbidity in these children. That finding is the result of a recent clinical trial that was halted a year early by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) because its findings were so conclusive.

“Hydroxyurea clearly works as well as blood transfusions to lower the risk of a child with sickle cell anemia having a stroke. Only rarely is a study stopped early for success,” said Russell Ware, MD PhD, director of Hematology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, which served as the study’s Medical Coordinating Center. “This is a major advancement.”

The trial was conducted at 25 medical centers in the U.S. and Canada, comparing the standard therapy of monthly blood transfusions with the alternative of taking a daily pill of hydroxyurea. It included children between the ages of four and 16 who were at the highest risk for stroke. 121 children took part in the trial, with about half receiving blood transfusions and half receiving hydroxyurea.

The positive results researchers observed in the study open the door to more treatment options for clinicians trying to prevent strokes in children living with SCA, according to Ware.

Over the past decade, the laboratory and clinical effectiveness of hydroxyurea has been demonstrated in children and adults with SCA. Originally developed as a drug to treat cancer and infections, hydroxyurea boosts fetal hemoglobin production in patients with SCA, preventing the red blood cells from acquiring the sickle shape that fuels the many complications.

Hydroxyurea has been previously shown to be effective for a variety of sickle-related complications, but this was the first trial that demonstrated its benefits for children at increased risk of stroke.

Barry R. Davis, MD, PhD, was principal investigator for the study’s Data Coordinating Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. Serving as co-principal investigator for the study’s neurological core was Robert J. Adams, MD, Medical University of South Carolina.

For more information, please visit:

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center – www.cincinnatichildrens.org
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) – www.uth.edu
Medical University of South Carolina – http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/musc/

A Path Towards a Thriving Middle Class: President Obama’s Weekly Address

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WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President described the progress our economy has made, laying a foundation for a future that prioritizes middle-class economics. This week, the President will send a budget to Congress centered on the idea that everyone who works hard should have the chance to get ahead. His plan will reverse harmful sequestration cuts and instead make paychecks go further, create good jobs here in the United States, and prepare hardworking Americans to earn higher wages. The President made the case for his Budget, and affirmed his commitment to doing everything he can to ensure more Americans can get ahead in this new economy.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, January 31, 2015.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
January 31, 2015

At a moment when our economy is growing, our businesses are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s, and wages are starting to rise again, we have to make some choices about the kind of country we want to be.

Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?  Or will we build an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead?

That was the focus of my State of the Union Address – middle-class economics.  The idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.

This week, I will send a budget to Congress that’s built on those values.

We’ll help working families’ paychecks go farther by treating things like paid leave and child care like the economic priorities that they are.  We’ll offer Americans of every age the chance to upgrade their skills so they can earn higher wages, with plans like making two years of community college free for every responsible student.  And we’ll keep building the world’s most attractive economy for high-wage jobs, with new investments in research, infrastructure, manufacturing, and expanded access to faster internet and new markets.

We can afford to make these investments.  Since I took office, we’ve cut our deficits by about two-thirds – the fastest sustained deficit reduction since just after the end of World War II.  We just have to be smarter about how we pay for our priorities, and that’s what my budget does.  It proposes getting rid of special interest loopholes in our tax code, and using those savings to cut taxes for middle-class families and reward businesses that invest in America.  It refuses to play politics with our homeland security, and funds our national security priorities at home and abroad.  And it undoes the arbitrary, across-the-board budget cuts known as “the sequester” for our domestic priorities, and matches those investments dollar-for-dollar in resources our troops need to get the job done.

Now, I know that there are Republicans in Congress who disagree with my approach.  And like I said in my State of the Union Address, if they have ideas that will help middle-class families feel some economic security, I’m all in to work with them.  But I will keep doing everything I can to help more working families make ends meet and get ahead.  Not just because we want everyone to share in America’s success – but because we want everyone to contribute to America’s success.

That’s the way the middle class thrived in the last century – and that’s how it will thrive again.

Wendy Williams Show Looking to Hire Interns for Spring, Summer and Fall 2015

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Wendy Williams Show

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — The highly popular Wendy Williams Show is looking to hire interns that want to gain experience in the television industry. This internship is for college credit and is located in New York City.

Candidates for this internships must be at least 18 years old. Ideal candidates will be those pursuing careers in television production. This is a professional internship opportunity for qualified candidates. Applicants must have good communication and organizational skills and a desire to learn more about television production.

Interns may choose to work in either production, creative or wardrobe. Internships are available in the spring, summer, and fall.

The Wendy Williams Show, hosted by Wendy Williams herself, premiered on July 14, 2008 as a six-week trial in select cities, but was shortly picked up for a full season and has gone on to be one of the most successful talk shows of all time.
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Illinois Recognized for Outstanding Suicide Prevention Efforts

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Illinois Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Receives Top Awards at National Leadership Conference

Chicago, IL – The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Illinois Chapter was awarded Outstanding Chapter of the Year among large markets and took first place in Out of the Darkness Community Walks for its 2014 Chicagoland Community Walk at the 2015 AFSP National Leadership Conference.

The Outstanding Chapter recognition acknowledges amazing work in local communities and overall excellence in education, outreach, research and fundraising.

“I am humbled by the dedication of our volunteers, walkers, donors, advocates and mental health professionals across the state of Illinois that have earned this prestigious honor,” said AFSP Illinois Area Director Rachelle Jervis. “The recognition validates their relentless efforts to end suicide and save lives.”

The Illinois Chapter also took first place among 325 Out of the Darkness Community Walks for the fifth consecutive year. The Chicagoland Out of the Darkness Community Walk convened more than 5,300 walkers and raised $ $766,553.95 for suicide prevention education and research last September.

“The record numbers achieved at the 2014 Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk, in terms of number of walkers as well as funds raised, make a statement that suicide prevention and mental health initiatives are a primary public concern in the state of Illinois and that the time has come to bring these topics into conversation and ‘Out of the Darkness,'” said Chicagoland Walk Co-Chairperson Erika Barber. “This recognition is such an honor and is indicative of a reality where mental health and suicide can be discussed without the stigma these topics so often carry.”

The 2015 Chicagoland Out of the Darkness Community Walk takes place on Sept. 26 at Grant Park in Chicago, Ill. To register or for more information, please visit www.ChicagoWalk.org.

About American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the nation’s leading organization bringing together people across communities and backgrounds to understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes. The not-for-profit organization is exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy.

Texas Writer Launches “Real Men Raise Champions” Father Involvement Campaign

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J.A. Faulkerson With His Son

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (BlackNews.com) – Writer J.A. Faulkerson is on a mission. He wants to encourage responsible fathers in their quest to raise cooperative, competent and courageous children, and subtly remind the irresponsible ones “Real Men Raise Champions” and “Every Champion needs a Coach”.

According to information posted on the National Fatherhood Initiative website (www.fatherhood.org), 24 million children in America one out of three live without their biological father in the home. Faulkerson believes this problem can be addressed, but first more people need to know it exists.

That is why he designed a t-shirt with these bold statements on it. He is using the t-shirt to raise funds for the publication and promotion of his soon-to-be-released motivational book, Real Men Raise CHAMPIONS: Unleashing Your Inner C.O.A.C.H. Monies raised through the campaign will also increase Faulkersons capacity to share his insights with community and civic groups.

Faulkerson, best known for his debut novel Adinkrahene (available for online purchase through Amazon.com), readily admits he is far from being a master parent, even though he is the father to an 11-year-old boy.

But in Real Men Raise CHAMPIONS, he draws from his experiences as a stay-at-home dad and former educational access and opportunity professional to offer fathers tips for helping their children develop platforms for success. He also shares stories from his personal life, about how he was able to achieve success in a small town in Upper East Tennessee despite being raised in a single-parent household.

To purchase t-shirts ($20) in support of J.A. Faulkersons Real Men Raise CHAMPIONS campaign, visit www.booster.com/realmenraisechampions.

The deadline for placing orders is Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Photo Caption: J.A. Faulkerson with his 11-year old son

KCET Presents New Episodes in its New Tuesday Night Arts & Culture Lineup

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KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, new Tuesday night lineup, “Creative Exploration,” features the vibrant arts and culture landscape in Southern California and beyond. The lineup includes: the Emmy® award winning series, ARTBOUND music performance series, ARTBOUND PRESENTS: STUDIO A; world music video series, BORDER BLASTER; the only television series that journeys by foot for a ground’s eye view of urban America, CITY WALK.

ARTBOUND: The new episode, “American Purgatory,” explores the paintings of Marc Trujillo, Kim Stringfellow’s eclectic Mojave Desert project, Dave Lefner’s wood block prints of LA neon signs, the Brazilian cholo subculture’s nod to East LA, and a performance by Nick Waterhouse.

ARTBOUND PRESENTS: STUDIO A:  The new episode showcase singer-songwriter JENNY LEWIS performing a set of upbeat and sophisticated songs, interweaving energetic indie-rock infused with subtle country and pop style.  Episode Preview Link: http://bcove.me/tc331fj1

BORDER BLASTER: The new episode features curated music videos from around the globe, allowing viewers to travel the world through music.

CITY WALK: Goes for a ride on Santa Monica’s bike path with composer and rock star Stewart Copeland, travels back to when watching people walk was America’s favorite specator sport with best selling author Matthew Algeo and thrills to the antics of 13-year old parkour enthusiasts in Germany. The episode also features an unusual charity race up the stairs of the 75 story US Bank Tower in Los Angeles for the YMCA, showcases the walkability of downtown Las Vegas with Mayor Goodman and Penn & Teller, along with entertaining insight from City Walk, MD.

WHEN:          Tues. Feb. 3

Beginning at 8 p.m. PT

KCET (Southern California)


On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children’s programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a part of the KCETLink Media Group.


Rigler Creative is a full-service production company that makes story worlds come alive in a multi-platform universe. Now in its 6th year, Rigler Creative’s awareness campaign Every Body Walk! has won more than 25 national PR awards and their award-winning television series City Walk is seen weekly on KCETLink, while expanding into an internationally distributed broadcast franchise. Select City Walk segments can now be seen on The Atlantic CityLab and inflight on Virgin America. Riglercreative.com

Kirk Leads Letter to DOJ Requesting Immediate Investigation of Backpage.com

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Backpage is Online Facilitator of Sex Trafficking

Profits of More than $26 Million a Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) led a letter with Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), and Representatives Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to Attorney General Eric Holder encouraging the U.S. Department of  Justice (DOJ) to immediately investigate and dismantle Backpage.com, the country’s most active sex trafficking website that is routinely involved in the online selling of sex, frequently sex with children. Each year more than 100,000 children are trafficked in the United States. Backpage makes more than $26 million a year from their online advertisements and the site’s owners, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, have refused to shut down the ‘adult entertainment’ section that actively exploits underage victims for sex.

“Backpage directly facilitates modern-day slavery and the exploitation of children,” Senator Kirk said. “Last month, DOJ convicted the owner MyRebBook.com for using his website to facilitate prostitution.  Now it is Backpage’s turn. The exploitation and selling of children online for sex is despicable and will be fully prosecuted by the law.”

The letter cites MyRedBook.com as an example of a successful DOJ raid  and prosecution of a website involved in sex trafficking. In June 2014, the FBI raided and shut down MyRedBook.com, a website similar to Backpage, and in December 2014, secured a plea agreement from MyRedBook’s owner, Eric “Red” Omuro, for facilitating online prostitution.

The letter to Attorney General Holder can be seen here and text is below:

January 28, 2015

The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.   20530

Dear Attorney General Holder:

Sex trafficking is the modern equivalent of slavery.  The websites that serve as forums for the buying and selling of children are modern slave auctions.

Sex traffickers act anonymously through websites purposely designed to hide the traffickers’ activities and enable traffickers to annually exploit at least 100,000 American children. Among these victims approximately 80% are women and children who are bought, sold, and imprisoned in the traffickers’ underground sex service industry.

The undersigned Members of the United States Congress believe that the on-line selling of sex with children is a national horror that must be confronted.  We encourage your U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to immediately take all necessary steps to aggressively investigate and dismantle the nation’s most active sex trafficking website, Backpage.com (Backpage), and its longtime owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.  Further, DOJ should investigate the circumstances surrounding Lacey’s and Larkin’s recent sale of Backpage to an undisclosed Dutch company.   In pursuing Backpage, Lacey, and Larkin DOJ should fully employ all its resources, including the FBI’s field offices, the IRS Criminal Investigation department, the DOJ Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs, and local law enforcement departments.  You should task your top-tier investigators and prosecutors to this matter.

Backpage, Lacey, and Larkin function in much the same manner as MyRedBook.com (MyRedBook).  In June 2014 the FBI raided, seized, and shut down the California based sex trafficking website, MyRedBook, and charged its owner, Eric “Red” Omuro, with one count of interstate travel in the aid of a racketeering enterprise and twenty-four counts of money laundering.  On December 11, 2014, DOJ secured its first federal conviction of a website operator for facilitation of prostitution when Omuro pleaded guilty to using the MyRedBook website to facilitate prostitution.

In his plea agreement Omuro admits how he used MyRedBook to facilitate prostitution.  In all substantive ways Omuro’s factual admissions about his use of MyRedbook apply equally and are parallel to how Lacey and Larkin use Backpage to facilitate prostitution.   Therefore, because of these similarities DOJ, should pursue Backpage, Lacey, and Larkin as aggressively as it pursued MyRedBook and Omuro.

Because of the numerous news reports on how the owners of Backpage facilitate sex trafficking, the website’s illegal methods should be well know to DOJ.  Like Omuro, Lacey and Larkin have designed Backpage to facilitate and broker illegal commercial sex transactions through anonymous, on-line advertisements, including advertisements involving child sex trafficking victims.  Cook County, IL Sheriff, Tom Dart, has conducted nearly 700 sting operations on advertisements appearing in Backpage’s “Escorts” section and every advertisement (100%) proved to be a front for prostitution.  In short, Backpage is at the center of thinly disguised prostitution network.  Its victims – often children – are repeatedly purchased and raped by customers.

In the near future, we anticipate hearing from DOJ about your plan for investigating and pursuing Backpage, Lacey, and Larkin.

Thank you.


Choose a Winning Team on Super Bowl Sunday: Drinking or Driving

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IDOT, Law Enforcement Remind Everyone: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

CHICAGO, IL – As America’s most watched national sporting event, the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb.1, will be celebrated across the country. Because Super Bowl events and parties are likely to include alcoholic beverages, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement throughout Illinois are urging fans to plan, by choosing a designated driver.

Plan ahead for Super Bowl Sunday, by designating a sober driver to get you home safely, because “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.” If you don’t play by the rules, law enforcement has another message – “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

The Illinois State Police and more than 100 local police departments and sheriff’s offices will be out in force this weekend, stepping up enforcement on drunk driving and seat belt compliance.

“The Super Bowl represents a wonderful and fun American tradition — but we all need to be smart and stay safe,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren. “That means planning ahead and being able to hand your keys over to a sober driver.”

In Illinois over the last five years (2010-2014), 18 motor-vehicle fatalities occurred on Super Bowl Sunday. Nine of those fatalities, or 50 percent, involved a driver who had been drinking.

“Drunk driving remains one of the highest contributory causes of fatal crashes,” said ISP Colonel Mike Zerbonia.  “ISP Troopers will strictly enforce DUI’s during Super Bowl weekend. Choosing alcohol over your safety and the safety of others can only lead to tragic defeat,” he stressed.

The Illinois Department of Transportation suggests the following tips for a safe Super Bowl Sunday:

If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant

  • Choose your team: Drinking or Driving
  • Decide who your sober driver is before the party even begins.
  • If you choose to drink, pace yourself.
  • Eat plenty of food and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Keep track of how much you have had to drink.                                                          81**15
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, call a cab, friend, or family member to come get you, or, if possible, stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.
  • Use your community’s sober ride program, if available.
  • Always buckle up. It’s still your best defense against other drunk drivers.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party

  • Help all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
  • Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
  • If you plan to stay sober, offer to drive guests home.
  • Encourage your guests choosing to drink to pace themselves.
  • Host your party like the stadium: Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee and dessert.
  • Keep the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
  • Never let a friend drive drunk. Arrange for them to get home safely as well.

Always remember:

  • You can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.
  • Parents or other adults who provide alcohol to a minor may be legally liable and could face jail time for any damage, injury or death caused by the underage driver.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Super Bowl Crackdown is funded with federal traffic safety dollars and administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Be sure to catch the latest episode of The Driving Dead at thedrivingdeadseries.com and go to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up-to-date news and behind-the-scenes looks at the series.

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