Sheriff Rich Stanek reminds football fans to not drive drunk.
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office press release. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office urges you to help spread an important safety message to the public about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday — Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. Impaired-driving crashes—and fatalities—can be prevented by designating a sober driver and using common sense prevention: Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Football League and TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management)
Police trying to prevent alcohol-related fatalities.
Citing a battery of statistics about the role of alcohol in fatal car accidents on Minnesota roads, the Minneapolis Police Department says its officers will be out in force this weekend in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the road. The police department's efforts are part of a coordinated state-wide effort to continue shrinking the numbers of alcohol-related traffic deaths. In Minnesota over the past three Decembers, police say there were 89 traffic deaths of which 24 were alcohol-related. In 2010, only 131 people died in alcohol-related crashes, compared with the five-year average of 170 deaths per year. “The holidays are a time for celebrating. They are not a time to throw common sense and safe driving choices out the window,” says …