Police warn Super Bowl partyers against drinking and driving

Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, February 5, 2011; 9:46 PM

Sports themes spiced admonitions against drunken driving that police in the Washington region issued in advance of Super Bowl Sunday and its customary merriment.

With a playfulness not often apparent in law enforcement warnings, Maryland State Police urged: "Do not wear large pieces of cheese on your head while driving." ( Green Bay Packers fans are often called "cheeseheads" because of Wisconsin's dairy state image.) Steelers fans were advised: "Do not wave terrible towels while driving." (The yellow and black "Terrible Towel" is associated with Pittsburgh fans. )

Most important, police said, "DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE." They recommended the use of hotels, designated drivers and public transportation.

Virginia State Police, with a nod to the big game, said there aren't two sides "when it comes to drunk driving." In Northern Virginia, state police said, they would boost their highway presence from 8 p.m. Sunday to 4 a.m. Monday. "Whatever you do, do not drive impaired," they said. Hosts were advised to serve lots of food during the party and no alcohol after the game's third quarter.

Virginia State Police said the percentage of fatal crashes nationwide involving alcohol-impaired drivers was much higher on game day in 2009 than it was for all of 2008.

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