#GamePlanGSU for Super Bowl

Posted On January 24, 2020
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Super Bowl LIV is right around the corner and a great time to remind everyone of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s motto: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. Super Bowl LIV falls on Sunday, February 2, 2020. If the Super Bowl celebration involves alcohol, plan for a ride home with a sober driver. Super Bowl party hosts can take care of designated drivers throughout the day because event one drink can impair judgment.

To address the problem of impaired driving and other risks associated with high-risk drinking, Student Health Promotion is proud to announce the receipt of a $16,646 grant to participate in the Georgia Young Adult Program (GYAP) of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The GOHS Young Adult Program addresses young adult driver crashes, injuries and fatalities and partners with colleges and universities throughout the state to implement the GYAP. This program has proven to be successful using strategies such as peer education, providing educational speakers to schools, and encouraging schools to develop creative, innovative techniques to reduce young adult crashes, injuries and fatalities in their communities.

The grant year for this award is October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020 and will include several initiatives on campus including a car simulator provided students an opportunity to experience impairment while drinking, participation in the “pour a drink” activity, along with the “drinking clock”. For information about Student Health Promotion services, follow us on our social media @BeWellGSU on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

If you’re heading out for a night of Super Bowl fun, make a game plan and follow these simple tips for a safe and happy evening:

  • Remember that it is never okay to drive drunk. Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely if you plan to drink.
  • Identify a sober driver before the night begins.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement by dialing 911.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

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 impaired. Even still, thousands die each year in drunk-driving-related crashes. In 2018, there were 10,511 people killed 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.