Groups offer football fans safety tips

Tom Muscarella is Chairman of the 2009 Taste of Buffalo.  We caught up with him tending to any one of a thousand details he will tackle during this long weekend.  Believe it or not, his day job is with the Erie County Health Department as Senior Public Health Sanitarian.  Seems like the right man for this mission!
Tom Muscarella is Chairman of the 2009 Taste of Buffalo. We caught up with him tending to any one of a thousand details he will tackle during this long weekend. Believe it or not, his day job is with the Erie County Health Department as Senior Public Health Sanitarian. Seems like the right man for this mission!

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with other local organizations to raise awareness about being safe on football’s biggest night. Whether you’re attending the big game on Sunday, watching it at a bar or hosting a party, it’s important to remember that fans don’t let fans drive drunk.

Before choosing to drink, you should choose your team’s MVP, a sober designated driver.  The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office also wants to remind you to buckle up, as your seat belt is your best defense against a drunk driver in a crash.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers football fans these additional safety tips:

If you’re attending a party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:

  • 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 have had too much to drink.

If you’re hosting a  party:

  • Make sure all 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.

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