Tampa Bay Times: Be safe and smart for Super Bowl

By Robin Powell

Throughout our community, Super Bowl weekend brings fond memories of the times Tampa Bay hosted the big game. But for me, it's a stark reminder of the day my life almost ended amid the weekend revelry.

The day before Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa, I was hit by a drunken driver. My neck snapped in a split second that has reverberated for 16 years. If not for the air medical service that transported me from the scene, I would not be alive — all because someone had too much to drink and got behind the wheel.

As this weekend arrives, I am proud to partner with MADD, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the SOAR Campaign to urge everyone to not drink and drive. I also say a special thanks for air medical services, which prevented my dreadful car crash from becoming a death sentence. The SOAR (Save Our Air Medical Resources) campaign is working to keep these services available to those who need them, and it deserves support.

For many fans, Super Bowl weekend is a nonstop party, wherever the game is being played. As you plan for this weekend, be smart. I know firsthand that everything can change in an instant.

Please do your part by making sure you're not the cause of someone else's lifetime of wondering why.

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