PennDOT, Highway Safety Network and local pizzerias urge designated driving | Local

The state Department of Transportation and the Highway Safety Network have teamed up with pizzerias in several counties to encourage designated driving ahead of Sunday’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams.

The partnership coincides with a nationwide campaign against impaired driving beginning today and running through Sunday, February 13.

Buck’s Pizza of Clearfield and DuBois will participate in a top-of-the-box advertising campaign encouraging fans to “play it safe” by being a designated driver on Sunday.

“Overall, impaired driver crashes continue to decline,” said PennDOT district manager Tom Zurat. “We hope to see this trend continue in 2022, so we’re asking football fans to continue to make good choices this weekend by designating a sober driver so everyone can get home safely after watching the game. .”

Whether you plan to watch the game at your favorite local restaurant or host your own party, PennDOT highly recommends hosting a responsible party and offers the following tips:

  • If you are the designated driver, take the job seriously. Enjoy food but not alcohol.
  • If you’re hosting the party, ask the guests to calm down, enjoy the food, and drink plenty of water.
  • Assist your designated drivers by serving non-alcoholic beverages.
  • If you know someone has been drinking and is trying to leave, take their keys and help them get home safely or offer to stay the night.

According to preliminary 2021 PennDOT data, there were 27 drunk driver crashes statewide from 6 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday to 6 a.m. the next morning, an increase of 11 from to 2020. There was one fatality in these accidents.

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