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Super Bowl Sunday: Keeping the Roads Safe

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The big game is set and the Super Bowl parties are planned.

But, keep this in mind come Sunday, the Insurance Information Institute says Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most dangerous driving days of the year.

Rick Putnam, manager at Buffalo Wild Wings says he thinks most people in the Quincy area will be responsible for Super Bowl Sunday.

But for those who do have a few too many, he says his staff will be watching to make sure no one has too much to drink without a sober ride home.

"A lot of our servers will try to mingle with the people, especially the ones that are gonna be here for a while and we know they're here to watch the game and they're gonna drink. One of the first things they try to do is find out if there's a designated driver."

For those who don't have a ride, he says his staff won't be serving them too much liquor. They'll encourage them to slow it down, eat a little something, and if they need to, they'll call them a cab or someone to pick them up.

"We try to regulate as to how much that they're drinking. Keep an eye on it more than anything. The servers try to pace it so that they're not drinking too much at any one time."

Putnam says if his customers had a little more than they planned on drinking they are free to leave their cars in his parking lot overnight. He says he would rather have them do that than get on the roads and put themselves and other people in danger.

Insurance agent and advocate for Mothers Against Drunk Driving advocate J.T. Dozier urges everyone to think twice before they get behind the wheel. He says, "If you want to drink and drive, be sure to get out your checkbook," because it's going to be an expensive ride if you get caught.

Just how expensive?

Adams County Assistant States Attorney Jennifer Cifaldi and when she crunched her numbers, she came up with about sixteen thousand dollars. And that's a first offense. She says this includes things like loss of wages, towing, attorneys fees, court costs, and you'll also have to have high risk S-R 22 insurance as well.

What is local law enforcement doing?

Sheriff Brent Fisher of Adams County and officer Kelly Vandermaiden with Quincy Police say they will be going along business as usual, always watching the roads. But Trooper Mike Kindhart with the Illinois State Police says they're really beefing up patrol for the big game.

Kindhart says Super Bowl Sunday is one of ISP's biggest days for catching drunk drivers.

He reminds drivers that if they do make the choice to get behind the wheel after drinking that they'll be out in full force to catch them. The State Police will be doing roadside checks as well as what they call alcohol concentration efforts. This is where they saturate certain areas.

For those who may be afraid to get out of the house and drive, Trooper Kindhart says Super Bowl Sunday is not as big as New Years, but with the festivities geared more towards drinking and parties as opposed to a celebration with family, it's definitely something to be aware of.

And keep in mind this is not going to be a night time thing so much as day time; Right after the Super Bowl is over is the time Trooper Kindhart said is most dangerous.

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