Safety Matters: Proud to be a designated driver
Sunday September 16, 2012 | By:Timothy Howard, Erie County Sheriff |
ORCHARD PARK — The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has been invited to team up with Mothers Against Drunk Drivers this year at all Buffalo Bills home games, to encourage fans to sign up to play the most important position in the NFL: the designated driver.
The Buffalo Bills and the local chapter of MADD were one of two teams that began this pilot program two years ago in the NFL. Now, it has expanded to a total of 11 teams that are taking part in this initiative, including the Bills, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins.
Designated drivers are the ones who get fans home from the game, safe and sound. That is why the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, MADD and the Bills are urging everyone to plan ahead, by designating a sober driver.
Visit the MADD booth at gate three or five, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on game day, Sunday, and sign up to be the sober driver of the game.
In doing so, you will receive some giveaways and get a chance to win two Super Bowl tickets to the Super Dome in New Orleans next year. Two years ago, the first year the NFL and MADD teamed up to do this, a person from Buffalo won two Super Bowl tickets.
What every “responsiBill” fan needs to know:
– Wine and beer are just as intoxicating as hard liquor.
– Caffeine won’t sober you up. Only time can do it.
– If people you know seem to be drinking too much, encourage them to switch to a non-alcoholic beverage, help them find a safe ride home or offer to drive them.
If you see excessive drinking in the stands, alert stadium staff or call the Bills hotline at 312-8933.
Stop by the MADD stand and sign up to be the sober driver. It could be a life- saving decision. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is proud to be involved in this very important endeavor. Remember: stay alive and don’t drink and drive! See you at the game!