Fremont County law enforcement officers will be out in force as part of an impaired driving enforcement operation this Super Bowl LIV weekend.

Beginning Friday, Jan 31, and continuing through game day on Sunday, Feb. 2, additional troopers, deputies and officers are on duty and will show zero tolerance for those driving drunk or impaired. Fremont County law enforcement officers are reminding fans and partygoers that designated drivers are the best defense against drunk driving. If your Super Bowl LIV weekend involves alcohol, plan for a safe ride home with a sober driver. If you’re hosting the party, take care of the designated drivers. We want to remind everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

“The Super Bowl means a good time, and alcohol will no doubt be a part of the weekend. We need fans and partygoers to plan for a safe ride home if they plan to drink alcohol,” said Sheriff Ryan Lee of the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office. “You should never put yourself, or anyone, at risk because you made the choice to drink and drive.”

Whether you’re hosting or attending a party, you should make certain you have a designated sober driver. If you don’t have a sober ride home, call a cab, use rideshare or public transportation. If you are driving, make sure you and your passengers are wearing seat belts because it’s the law. Remember that walking drunk or impaired can also be dangerous, so have a sober friend to walk home with you.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, have plenty of snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for your guests and designated drivers. They are doing everyone a favor by keeping drunk drivers off the roads. Ask your guests to designate their sober drivers in advance, or help them coordinate with other partygoers for cabs and rideshare.

Remember: If you drive drunk, you may lose money, your reputation, your car, and even your life. Everyone should know by now that it is illegal to drive drunk or impaired. Still, thousands die each year in drunk-driving-related crashes. In 2018, 10,511 people died in drunk-driving crashes. The costs can be financial, too: If you’re caught drinking and driving, you can face jail time, lose your driver’s license and your vehicle, and pay up to $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, car towing, higher insurance rates and lost wages.

Fremont County law enforcement officers recommend these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

  • Remember that it is never OK to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation, taxi or a ride-sharing service to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact Fremont County law enforcement or dial 911.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

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