Secretary White Reminds drivers to celebrate safely this Super Bowl Sunday

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding drivers to celebrate the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 6th safely and urged motorists to designate a sober driver if their parties include alcohol.

“Remember do not drink and drive while celebrating Super Bowl 45,” White said. “Designate a sober driver, use public transportation or stay where you are.”

  • In 2010, three out of four crash fatalities were alcohol-related on Super Bowl Sunday, according the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
  • On Super Bowl Sunday in 2009, 115 crash fatalities occurred in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). About half of those fatalities included motorists who had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
  • In 2009, 32 percent of total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the U.S. were attributed to drunk drivers, according to NHTSA.
  • Six out of eight crash fatalities were alcohol-related on Super Bowl weekend in 2008, according the IDOT.

White also reminded motorists to wear their safety belt while driving.

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