Super Bowl weekend is a time when the entire nation comes together to enjoy what is the biggest sporting event in the United States.
Georgia’s Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and the Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Harris Blackwood, are teaming up to help make sure it’s a safe weekend for Georgia residents.
Black says when dealing with food, to just remember the basics.
“The simple things like cooking food to the proper temperature, and to remember the two hour rule about leaving food out”, explained Black. “We would hate to see folks Super Bowl celebrations ruined by encountering some of those difficulties.”
Where there is food, there are generally alcoholic beverages at a majority of Super Bowl parties, and Blackwood does not want Georgians remembering this year’s Super Bowl as the one where they received a D.U.I.
“You need a designated driver, you need to call somebody, because a DUI will cost you about $10,000 or more in Georgia”, said Blackwood. “We want you to get home safe, and we want you to have a great time. We don’t want the one thing you remember about the party to be a trip to jail.”
He says that besides Saint Patrick’s Day, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the single biggest days for D.U.I. in Georgia.
Blackwood encourages everyone person with a smart phone to download a free app called “Drive Sober Georgia”, which a free app available on iPhone and Android operating systems.
He also mentions a partnership between two pretty big entities.
“This weekend the folks at Budweiser and AAA are offering free tow-to-go, if you need to get back home they will tow you home up to ten miles for free”, said Blackwood.
The app also has listings for several different taxi companies located in metro areas, for those who plan on drinking, but have no designated driver.