Wyoming Department of Transportation

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Does your game plan for the Feb. 4 NFL Championship include having a designated driver? If you have a few drinks during the big game, be safe and always designate a sober driver.

In Wyoming and throughout the U.S., drivers are considered alcohol imparied if they have a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher. Alcohol can be deadly. Even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgment. 

In 2016, about 29 percent of all fatal crashes in Wyoming involved alcohol. Out of injury crashes involving alcohol, there were 385.

Nationally in 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers, information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated. Among the 10,497 alcohol-impaired fatalities, about 67 percent, or 7,052, were from crashes where at least one driver had a BAC of 0.15, which is almost twice the legal limit.

Don’t be on the losing side. Remember, always designate a sober driver.