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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Media Contact: Bill Foy
Department of Motor Vehicles
(804) 367-6623

Driving Drunk Amounts to March Madness
Fans Encouraged to Celebrate Responsibly

RICHMOND - College hoops are in the spotlight this weekend. Fans are reminded if you plan to consume alcohol while cheering your team, pass your keys to a sober designated driver. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) cautions Virginians to act responsibly during March Madness.

"The Road to the Final Four is not for impaired motorists," said DMV Commissioner D.B. Smit. "If you're going out to watch the games, you need to play it safe. Choose a sober designated driver ahead of time."

If you're hosting a March Madness party, make it your responsibility to get all of your guests home safely. Remember you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve ends up in an impaired driving crash.

Basketball fans are reminded:

  • If you don't have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home.
  • Call a cab, a friend or a family member to come and get you; or just stay where you are.
  • Never let a friend leave your sight if they've had too much to drink.
  • Always buckle up. It remains your best defense against other impaired drivers.
  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.

"The college basketball tournament is truly one of the great American sports spectacles," said Smit. "All Virginians should enjoy the games, but celebrate responsibly."

First and second round games take place this Thursday through Sunday. The Sweet Sixteen follows next weekend, with the national championship game on Monday April 2.

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