Reminder: Don't Drink And Drive Super Bowl Sunday

Many people like to have a beer with their Super Bowl snacks, but the North Carolina Highway Patrol wants to remind you to not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking.

According to troopers out of the Greenville office, they will be out patrolling Sunday night as usual.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 40 percent of fatal crashes on Super Bowl Sunday in 2010 were connected to drunk driving. The agency says that alcohol was a factor in a fatal accident every 52 minutes.

Sgt. Gary Weaver says, "We know it's a time they get together and party, but set a side a designated driver or stay at the location you are at. If you go to a friends house spend the night, or better yet just don't drink and drive."

The NHTSA also cautions party hosts, saying they can be held liable and prosecuted if someone they serve ends up in a drunk driving crash.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 at 12:04 AM
    Its ok to drink, even to get drunk just don't drive. Thats where you cross the line. Use some common sense folks. Just don't drink and drive. If you need incentive talk to the mother or father of a child killed by drunk driver. So if you don't care about yourself think about the rest of us on the road that drive sober.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM in reply to
      That's right. Glad someone out there is responsible.
  • by obamanot on Feb 5, 2012 at 02:07 PM
    The following day should be a legal holiday.There will be more hung over drunks going to work in the morning than there will be drunks driving somewhere tonight.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM
    Two things to learn here, don't drink and drive and pull for the Patriots to win the superbowl.
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      by 40some on Feb 5, 2012 at 12:00 PM in reply to Darren
      Go Giants!
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM in reply to 40some
        They didn't win by much, did they?
  • by 40some on Feb 5, 2012 at 09:26 AM
    Anyone who needs this article to get the message is too far gone to get it. Vince, it becomes illegal once you pass the .08 threshold and if you're in an accident after one beer, see what happens.
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      by Vince on Feb 5, 2012 at 08:59 PM in reply to 40some
      No worries! I made it home safe and sound. Whew... Just thought y'all would want to know....
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 6, 2012 at 12:50 PM in reply to Vince
        Oh good Vince; you made it home again, this any teenage drivers in your home? There's a bunch out there, leaving college or jobs, or on dates. If you don't, think about those who do, next time you drink and drive. You are every parent's nightmare.
  • by Brandon Location: Greenville on Feb 5, 2012 at 09:12 AM
    It's ok to drink and drive. It is not ok to be DRUNK and drive.
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      by 40some on Feb 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM in reply to Brandon
      Ever hear of that pesky open container law?
  • by Pete Location: Grifton on Feb 5, 2012 at 08:50 AM
    Shine: I knew of a political private party held in Lenoir county 20 odd years ago all the H.P officers,judges,local Politicians were drinking the H.P officers drove state H.P car's away from the party.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2012 at 05:32 AM
    Oh good grief!Guess I'll have to do the huffing thing this year.Can't get a DWI that way.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM in reply to
      No, but you could be dead in the morning.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2012 at 04:17 AM
    Plus all the cops that didn't get to watch the game that are on duty will be in extra bad moods! Any charges could be drummed up! Look out granny! You might get tazed!
  • by Vince Location: Washington on Feb 4, 2012 at 08:00 PM
    A beer (i.e., one) isn't going to intoxicate hardly anyone. The North Carolina Highway Patrol has no business telling folks not to get behind the wheel if they have been drinking. There is nothing illegal about throwing a few back and driving as long as you aren't intoxicated. The message should be to not drink while legally intoxicated or impaired. Or better yet, be mindful of your drinking so you don't get intoxicated. And, if you do find yourself intoxicated, don't drive a vehicle. Why can't the Highway Patrol learn the difference between a reasonable/meaningful message and a message that does nothing other than warn and attempt to intimidate folks?
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      by porkchop on Feb 5, 2012 at 04:34 AM in reply to Vince
      I think I saw Vince on an episode of "Cops" making this same argument, wearing his wife beater shirt and getting tased.
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        by Vince on Feb 5, 2012 at 09:41 AM in reply to porkchop
        That was me! But they missed me with the taser. Turns out the charges didn't stick. The officer was trying to arrest me for drinking and driving. He forgot I legally could drink and then drive as long as I wasn't intoxicated. I wasn't.
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      by Shine on Feb 5, 2012 at 05:21 AM in reply to Vince
      I use to play in a band, this guy had a huge party every couple times a yr. There would be a bunch of H.P. there -- I don't have a clue how they got home b/c they were all 'knee walking drunk' including a couple of Judges and the District Attorney. Too much EGO -- and THEY held unaccoutable for the most part.
  • by Just Sunday? on Feb 4, 2012 at 06:54 PM
    So, any other day would be alright.
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      by Vince on Feb 4, 2012 at 08:03 PM in reply to Just Sunday?
      That's what it sounds like. I thought we were clear to drive drunk on Superbowl Sunday, as I thought all the cops took that day off to watch the game. Guess that's not the case.
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      by voter on Feb 4, 2012 at 09:53 PM in reply to Just Sunday?
      exactly. just be sure not to eat, drink soda or adjust the radio while driving as that would be distracted operation of a motor vehicle and subject you to a summons.

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