The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Highway Safety Network and State Farm partnered with pizzerias in several counties to urge designated driving ahead of the match-up between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.
The partnership coincides with a national impaired driving enforcement campaign starting Wednesday and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 11.
The following locations will participate in a box-top advertising campaign encouraging fans to “play it safe” by being a designated driver on Feb. 11:
- Best Way Pizza, Altoona, Duncansville, and Hollidaysburg, Blair County
- D’Ottavio’s Italian House, Hollidaysburg, Blair County
- Best Way Pizza, Ebensburg, Cambria County
- Pizza Mia, Bellefonte, Centre County
- Buck’s Pizza, Clearfield and DuBois, Clearfield County
- Sarina’s Italian Restaurant, Philipsburg, Clearfield County
- Original Italian Pizza, Lock Haven and Mill Hall, Clinton County
- Paesano Pizza II, Ridgway, Elk County
- Best Way Pizza, Huntingdon, Huntingdon County
- Pepe’s Pizzeria, Kane, McKean County
“Be responsible next weekend,” said State Farm Agent Kim McDonald.
“At State Farm, the safety of the members in our communities is our top priority and keeping them safe from impaired driver crashes starts with everyone making the responsible choice to designate a sober driver.
“We’re thankful to be a part of this partnership with PennDOT, the Highway Safety Network, and these local businesses to spread this important message.”
State Farm funded the purchase of the flyers by way of its Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants. They award these grants to build safer, stronger, and better-educated communities across the United States by focusing on safety, education and community development.
Whether you plan to watch the game at your favorite local eatery or host your own party, PennDOT urges responsible party hosting and offers the following tips.
- If you’re the designated driver, take the job seriously. Enjoy the food but not the booze.
- If you’re hosting the party, ask guests to pace themselves, enjoy the food, and drink plenty of water.
- Help your designated drivers out by serving some non-alcoholic drinks.
- If you know someone has been drinking and they try to leave, take their keys and help them get home safely or offer to let them spend the night.
According to 2023 preliminary PennDOT data, there were 56 drinking driver crashes statewide on Super Bowl Sunday to 6 a.m. the following morning, an increase of 10 from 2022. There was one fatality in those crashes.
For more information on the dangers and consequences of impaired driving,, visit http://www.penndot.pa.gov/safety.
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