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CCCEC Urges Safe Super Bowl Celebrations

As one of America’s most anticipated and celebrated sporting events, the Super Bowl brings together families, friends and fans each year to enjoy the excitement of the big game. In many instances, fans gather to watch the game at sports bars, restaurants or Super Bowl - themed parties. The Cheatham County Community Enhancement Coalition has joined forces with Pizza Hut Ashland City , Dominos, Chris’s Pizza, Vuoloco’s Italian Pizzeria, and local law enforcement officials to spread an important safety message to the public about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday – Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

The pizza vendors will attach a flyer with safe party tips to each pizza box that goes out for two weeks leading up to Super Bowl L I I.

“Before choosing to drink, choose a sober designated driver. Avoid the unsportsmanlike conduct of driving drunk by handing off your keys so that you, your passengers and everyone on our roads can safely arrive home,” said Laura Durham, Coordinator of the Cheatham County Community Enhancement Coalition. “Drunk driving is always preventable, and driving drunk could result in seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else. Motorists can expect Cheatham County Law Enforcement to have a visible presence and to stop anyone who makes the dangerous decision to drink and drive.”

The following are tips for safe responsible party hosting :

 If providing alcohol, make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange r ide - sharing with sober drivers.

 Serve plenty of food and non - alcoholic beverages at the party

 If providing alcohol, host your party just like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is p erfect for serving coffee and dessert.

 Keep your own alcohol intake to a minimum and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.

 Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk - driving crash.

 I f an underage person drinks and drives, the parent may be legally liable for any damage, injury or death caused by the underage driver. Likewise, parents or other adults who provide alcohol to, or host a party where alcohol is available to, those under age 21 could face jail time.

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