The Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with home field advantage for the first time in history this weekend at Super Bowl LV.
Whether the plans are to tune in for the game, the half-time show or the commercials, driving will likely be part of most people’s life on Sunday and the Mississippi Department of Transportation is asking everyone to celebrate responsibly.
Additional local and state police will be on the roadways of Mississippi this weekend watching for impaired drivers.
According to MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath, drivers who attend a socially-distance Super Bowl party away from home and drink shouldn’t drive.
“While Mississippians are following health officials by quarantining and practicing social distancing, we know festivities will still occur,” said McGrath. “If your celebration involves alcohol, plan for a sober ride home. Remind your friends and family: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safely Administration, 10,142 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes last year. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed each year since 2014.
McGrath said such fatalities are preventable, and drivers must remember that driving impaired by any substance – alcohol or other drugs – is illegal and potentially deadly behavior.
The consequences of impaired driving includes jail time, the loss of driver’s license, higher insurance rates and many other unanticipated expenses, including attorney’s fees, court costs and lost wages due to time off from work. The average DUI costs approximately $10,000.
“Traveling on Mississippi highways takes teamwork and cooperation,” McGrath said. “We can all be on the winning team by celebrating responsibly and never driving impaired.”