The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers reminds football fans who plan to attend Super Bowl parties on Sunday of its seven safety tips.
- Be a HERO – Be a designated driver for your friends and family whether you enjoy the game at a home party or at a local bar or tavern.
- Pick a driver – Select your designated driver before going out for the evening. Buy your driver soft drinks. Many bars and taverns offer them for free to designated drivers.
- Provide a ride – Party hosts should ask guests to put their keys in a HERO bucket, and arrange safe rides for those who have been drinking.
- Prepare a “mocktail” – Serve free non-alcoholic drinks for your party’s designated drivers
- Ask for a HERO – At a party or a club, know when to ask for a ride. Many bar and tavern owners will call a cab or arrange for a ride home.
- Call a cab – Share a ride with your friends. Leave your car behind and pick it up the next day.
- Stay over – If you’re at a friend’s home or at a hotel party, just spend the night rather than driving home.
The HERO Campaign promotes the use of safe and sober designated drivers nationwide. It was established by the family of Navy Ensign John Elliott of Egg Harbor Township, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy who was killed in a collision with a drunken driver in July 2000.
“The cure for drunken driving is a designated driver,” noted HERO Campaign founder and chairman Bill Elliott, John Elliott’s father. “Having a safe ride home is the best way to have fun and prevent a possible drunk driving tragedy.”