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Make a game plan for February’s sporting events, commit to sober driving 

Last Updated on February 10, 2024 by cassnetwork

INDIANAPOLIS — With several high-profile sporting events happening this month, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute reminds sporting fans everywhere: don’t let others drive drunk. 

This year’s Super Bowl takes place on Sunday, February 11. As fans plan their watch parties, they’re encouraged to make a plan beforehand for how they’ll get home safely.  

“The Super Bowl is a special night to celebrate together, but we need responsible drivers on our roads,” said Devon McDonald, Executive Director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. 

After celebrating the Super Bowl, Indianapolis will become a destination for basketball fans. The NBA All-Star Weekend takes place from Friday, February 16 through Sunday, February 18. As fans make plans to attend events surrounding the games, they are encouraged to celebrate responsibly. 

Impaired driving causes thousands of deaths nationwide each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly one person in the United States is killed in a drunk driving crash every 39 minutes. 

Beyond fatalities, drunk driving carries a range of consequences, including the possibility of causing a traumatic crash. These crashes could cause serious injuries or even death to you, someone you love, or a complete stranger. Help set your team—your friends, family, and other party-goers—up for a night of success with these tips from the NHTSA

There are plenty of options to help impaired drivers get home safely, such as designating a sober driver or calling a taxi or rideshare service. Sober Ride Indiana is offering $10 off Uber and Lyft rides, with up to 1,000 redemptions available each day. Ride credits are only available between the hours of 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. on the following days: 

  • Super Bowl Sunday: February 11 
  • NBA All-Star Weekend: February 16-18 

 Sober Ride Indiana was created by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute in 2020 to combat impaired driving, particularly around high-risk holidays and events. The program receives federal funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

To redeem a $10 ride credit, visit SoberRideIndiana.com. Click on “Redeem Ride Credits” and follow the instructions for the chosen ride service. Tips are not included in the discount, and users are responsible for any charges exceeding $10. Possession of the code does not guarantee availability of the credit. 

It’s simple: don’t let others drive drunk. If you drive drunk, you lose. Make a commitment today to refrain from drunk driving. 


About the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) is the state planning agency for criminal justice, juvenile justice, traffic safety and victim services. ICJI is designated as the state administering agency for distribution of federal funds and as the state Statistical Analysis Center for research. ICJI is responsible for coordinating and collaborating with local, state and federal entities to identify, assess, plan, resource and evaluate new and emerging issues facing the criminal justice and public safety spectrum. Visit www.cji.in.gov to learn more about the agency.