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Restaurant adds safety to Super Bowl menu

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Super Bowl Sunday is considered a holiday by some, but it can also be dangerous if you're not careful.  Illinois State Police officials said Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest nights for catching drunk drivers.  

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 43 percent of all traffic fatalities nationwide involved a drunk driver during Super Bowl Sunday in 2011, but The Abbey is taking measures to make sure that doesn't happen this year.  Customers say it's one way to try to fix a major problem.   

"You see it all the time, whether it's coming home late from a basketball game or work or whatever, you see or hear about an accident involving someone making a poor decision," said customer Chad Deusterhaus. 

As Deusterhaus sits and enjoys the kickoff to the Super Bowl, he said he's been coming to the Abbey on Super Bowl Sunday for years. 

"It's just a great atmosphere to hang out with good friends and have a good time and enjoy the game safely," he said.  

Alcohol is just one of many things that goes with the big day, and The Abbey is fully aware.  The restaurant is offering something that's not on the menu, a sober ride home.  Assistant Manager Shenae Tatman says it's just another way to keep people safe and off the road.  

"We want everybody to get home in one piece.  There's alcohol that's going to be involved so if somebody came up to me and asked for a ride, I would give them a ride home. I mean if they're intoxicated and I'm sober, that's the best policy," she said.  

While Deusterhaus said he plans to drive himself home, he said the fact that he can get a sober ride if needed is a great idea. 

"It's always a good thing knowing whether it's tonight or any night you go out is to have someone with you or you can call to give you a safe ride," he said.

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