Special to GUIDON
For the first time in 50 years, Missouri’s very own Kansas City Chiefs are Miami bound for the biggest game of the season.
As you cheer on your home team next weekend, the only crash you should hope to hear is the crunch of football players colliding — not that of your vehicle into another.
Throughout this weekend, there will be numerous celebrations happening across the state. Many of these celebrations may include alcohol. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety urges football fans to get their game plan established ahead of time: plan a sober ride home.
In 2018, 203 people were killed and 541 seriously injured in traffic crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.
“One bad decision can affect all of us,” said Jon Nelson, Missouri Department of Transportation assistant to the state highway safety and traffic engineer. “Help save lives — don’t drink and drive, and don’t let friends drink and drive.”
If you’re attending a party or watching the game at a bar or grill:
— Designate your sober driver or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins.
— If you don’t have a designated driver, then ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you, or just stay for the night.
— Never let friends drive if they’ve had too much to drink.
— If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take the keys and help them make safe travel arrangements.
If you’re hosting a party:
— Make sure all of your guests designate a sober driver in advance or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely.
— Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
— Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
— Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink.
(Editor’s note: This article was submitted to the GUIDON from MoDOT.)