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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Media Contact: Pam Goheen
Department of Motor Vehicles
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Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday Responsibly
DMV Encourages Fans to Designate a Sober Driver, Make it a Team Effort

RICHMOND - Super Bowl Sunday is traditionally a time of celebration, as millions of people gather with friends to socialize and watch the big game. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles encourages safe celebration to make Super Bowl XLVIII memorable for all the right reasons. Plan ahead before game day arrives February 2. "Impaired driving increases the likelihood that you will kill or injure yourself or someone else on the road," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative.

The legal and financial costs of driving while impaired can be significant. Drunk driving violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work.

On February 3, 2013, last year's Super Bowl date, there were 24 alcohol-related crashes and 12 alcohol-related injuries on Virginia's roadways. In 2012, there were 40 alcohol-related crashes and 19 alcohol-related injuries on Super Bowl Sunday. Additionally, in 2013 there were 76 pedestrians killed on Virginia's roadways. More than 25 percent of those killed had been drinking.

"To prevent a tragedy from occurring on Super Bowl Sunday, be responsible and plan ahead," Holcomb said. "Designate a driver or make your alternate lodging plans which eliminate the need to drive or walk in advance of consuming alcohol. On Super Bowl Sunday, make it a team effort to keep yourself and your loved ones and your friends safe. If you plan on driving, plan not to drink alcohol and always wear your seat belt which is your best defense against a drunk driver."

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