Linn County Sheriff is ready for Super Bowl drivers

Sheriff Bruce Riley wants all football fans to have a fun and safe time this Superbowl Weekend. The Superbowl is a time for celebrating and having a good time, which often includes drinking. If you are over 21 and are going to be drinking alcohol, Sheriff Riley asks you to do so responsibly and DO NOT DRIVE.

In Oregon, drivers are considered alcohol-impaired if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drunk driving can be deadly, and even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgment to make driving unsafe. In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers, nationally. Among the 10,497 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 67 percent (7,052) were in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC of .15, almost twice the legal limit.

Be sure to have a game plan for the night so friends and family know who the designated driver is. “We want to encourage folks to turn over their keys to a sober driver before they begin drinking,” said Sheriff Riley. “Drunk driving can result in serious crashes, injuries or death. If you don’t have a sober driver to make sure folks get home safely, consider other ride options.”

Sheriff Riley’s deputies will be in full force to ensure the safety of our community. For those drivers who decide to make bad and potentially deadly decisions to drink and drive, there will always be a room at our Jail.

Sober designated drivers should be sure to refrain from drinking alcohol. Be sure your designated driver tweets @NHTSAgov during Super Bowl LII to be featured on NHTSA’s National Wall of Fame.

This Super Bowl weekend, be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Don’t fumble! Designate your sober driver before the big game begins. And remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

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