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DOT and MADD call for safe driving on Sunday

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -  By: Jon Rombaoa

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is reminding the public to be safe and sober during the coming Super Bowl weekend.

In efforts to keep the roads safe and clear of impaired drivers, police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and patrolling communities statewide.

“We all know that the biggest football game of the year is cause for celebration, and fans around the state will probably be celebrating with alcohol,” HDOT Director of Transportation Ford Fuchigami said. “Just remember that, in Hawaii, nearly half of all traffic fatalities are because of alcohol impairment. In 2013, police in all four counties arrested over 7,000 drivers for driving under the influence. Let's not add to this statistic this weekend."

Fuchigami suggests designating a sober driver to ensure safe travels. Another alternative to get home is to use the SaferRide app, developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Available on Google Play and the App Store, the free app allows users to call a taxi or a friend and identifies their location to be picked up.

MADD and Tennessee Titans Tight End Delanie Walker are also urging football fans to be responsible on Sunday and plan ahead for their way home after Super Bowl parties that include alcohol.

Super Bowl Sunday was the second deadliest time of the year for drunk driving deaths in 2013.  Half of all traffic fatalities on super Bowl Sunday in 2013 were caused by drunk driving.

“The biggest win of the night for MADD will be knowing that fans have made plans for a safe way home before the Big Game even starts,” said Carol McNamee, MADD Hawaii Founder. “With so many reliable and accessible options at people's fingertips, there are no more excuses to drink and drive.”

This Sunday, Uber will donate $1 to MADD for every trip taken nationwide between 3:00 p.m. and midnight ET when users enter the promo code THINKANDRIDE.

For more information on the dangers of impaired driving and to learn about impaired driving countermeasures, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired.

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