Tips from cops for a safe Super Bowl Weekend

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

The weekend for the nation's largest sporting event has been known to draw many crowds both at homes of hosts for parties and restaurants for specials. Many will be attending and hosting parties for Super Bowl XLVI and law enforcement officials, football fans and servers in London said that they want to enjoy the fun, but will remain responsible while enjoying their pigskins and pilsners.

“We will have all our tv's on super bowl, we will be enjoying the commercials for super bowl we have a fantastic crowd that comes out on Sunday anyway,” said Shiloh’s Steakhouse Manager Toni Wade.

Several across the nation have already made plans for the biggest sporting event in the nation.

“A couple friends of work are going to come here, watch at least the first half and then go to a friend's house and we will probably spend the night over there,” said football fan Jay Sagoo.

Sagoo said he and his friends have two vans with designated drivers to go wherever they desire for the evening.

“I believe I will watch the Super Bowl and I got the Giants winning,” said football fan Dan Bolser. Bolser said he is actually a Green Bay Packers fan, but decided to root for the New York Giants instead of the New England Patriots in this year’s match up.

Many know who their designated team is, but officials said people should also designate a driver. Bolser said he will also plan on going to Shiloh’s to enjoy the fun, but he has also come up with a plan.

Law enforcement said that they want the fans to enjoy the festivities but they want people to be responsible. They encourage party hosts to take people's keys at the doors to ensure that they ride home with someone who has not been drinking.

Some other tips include having plenty of food and other beverages available so that people can pace themselves and not end up with alcohol poisoning.

“We will be out increasing our patrols before and after the game to make sure that everyone gets home safely,” said Trooper Don Trosper of the Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London.

Trosper said county, city and state police especially will be on guard. Those who expect big crowds will also be on the look out.

“We always promote serve safe which is a program that all of our servers do take advantage of so we just make sure that everyone is taken care of and we do not over serve and makes sure everyone has a good time and gets home safely,” said Wade.

Wade said that she does not typically have problems with customers but they also have a cab company they will call if the situation occurs. Officials said that because of the traffic on the holiday, it is important to take caution because not everyone has made it home safely in the past.

“Being a traffic crash re-constructionist myself I have been called out on Super Bowl Sunday to a fatality crash where people unfortunately did not make it home,” said Trosper.

Police said they believe one more reason to play it safe is so no one ends up behind bars for failing to take away someone’s keys or get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol. Anyone who hosts a party or serves alcohol to someone who ends up in a drunken driving crash could be held liable and even face prosecution if they allowed someone to drive under the influence.

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