Sheriff urges Super Bowl safety, sober driving

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers is urging you to enjoy yourself during any Super Bowl activities you might have planned for Sunday, but make sure to stay sober and safe if you are driving.

Myers said that his department is working in conjunction with the Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to get the safety message out.

According to numbers from the agencies, during the 2015 Super Bowl weekend there were nearly 740 traffic crashes in Indiana and 45 percent were alcohol related.

The agencies are offering several safety tips for this weekend, including:

  • Before the celebration begins, plan a safe way home
  • Do not drive impaired
  • If you do drink, call a cab or designate a sober friend or family member, and give them your keys
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help make arrangements to get them home safely