On Sunday, legions of Seahawk fans will watch Super Bowl XVLIII between Seattle and Denver.
But while Lakewood and the Northwest could be celebrating the team’s first NFL title, the City of Lakewood would like to remind revelers about the dangers of drinking and driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than one-third of fatality crashes on Super Bowl Sunday are related to alcohol.
In Washington , drivers arrested and convicted for driving drunk face up to a year in jail for a first-time offense, a suspended license for up to a year, a fine of up to $5,000 and other penalties.
With that in mind, Lakewood Police offered some reminders for fans who will be drinking while watching the big game:
- Know your limits
- Don’t drink and drive
- Call a friend or taxi
- Have a designated driver
- Consider spending the night wherever you watch
“We know people will be watching the game and having a good time,” Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler said. “But if drivers have had too much to drink, it’s not worth it to get behind the wheel. We don’t want to spoil the fun, but we want people to be safe.”
“Go Hawks,” he added.