SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Hundreds of people are gearing up to celebrate the big game Sunday.
Springfield Police know that as people gather for watch parties it is very common for alcohol to be involved. That is why they're preparing to watch the roads and keep everyone safe.
In Oregon, drivers are considered alcohol impaired if their blood alcohol level is .08 or higher.
Traffic patrol officer with Springfield Police, Tom Speldrich, told KEZI 9 News if you are planning on drinking make a plan and designate a driver or consider other alternatives. He said spending the night at a friend’s or family’s place is worth it – even if you have work the next day.
Speldrich said it is very important for people to take this advice seriously.
“Impaired drivers are normal everyday people that didn’t want to hurt anybody,” he said. “It’s too late, once it happens it’s too late.”
Police said in 2016 there were more than 10,000 deaths involving drunk drivers. Now they are urging people to prevent more tragedies by making responsible choices.