ISP and IDOT remind all to stay safe on Super Bowl Sunday

For the Super Bowl this Sunday, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and local law enforcement throughout the state are calling a timeout to spread two important safety messages – “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket.”

“Before the game begins, designate a driver or make other arrangements for a safe, sober ride so that you, your passengers and everyone on our roads can return home safely,” said Cynthia Watters, IDOT’s bureau chief of safety programs and engineering. “If you volunteered as a designated driver, refrain from drinking alcohol, using cannabis or sampling any other impairing substance. People are relying on you to make the game-winning drive.”

Throughout Super Bowl weekend, state police and local law enforcement will have a visible presence to stop anyone caught driving impaired. Police also will ticket drivers and passengers who are not buckled up.

“Driving under the influence is the No. 1 cause of highway fatalities,” said ISP Director Brendan Kelly. “The Illinois State Police will be watching for drivers under the influence, throwing down penalty flags on violators, and ejecting dangerous drivers out of the game and right into the county jail.”

The Super Bowl enforcement campaign is made possible through federal highway safety funds administered by IDOT.