As one of America’s most anticipated and celebrated sporting events, the Super Bowl brings together families, friends and fans each year to enjoy the excitement of the big game. In many instances, fans will gather to watch the game at sports bars, restaurants or Super Bowl-themed parties. The U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with the National Football League and TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management), have joined forces with Xenia’s local highway safety and law enforcement officials to spread an important safety message to the public about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday – Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
“Before choosing to drink, choose a sober designated driver. Avoid the unsportsmanlike conduct of driving drunk by handing off your keys so that you, your passengers and everyone on our roads can safely arrive home,” said Laurie Fox, Greene County’s Safe Communities Coordinator. “Drunk driving is always preventable, and driving drunk could result in seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else. Motorists can expect all of Greene County’s law enforcement jurisdictions to have a visible presence and to stop anyone who makes the dangerous decision to drink and drive.”
According to NHTSA, 10,228 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2010. These drunk-driving fatalities accounted for 31% of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. In addition, alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was almost twice as high during the weekend (31%) than during weekdays (16%) and four times higher at night (37%) than during the day (9%).*
Whether attending a Super Bowl Party or watching the game at a sports bar or restuarant, the smart thing to do is drink moderately and designate a sober driverbefore the party begins. If that is not possbile, call a cab or someone else to drive you home.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, host your party just like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee and dessert. Offer guests non-alcoholic beverages as well. Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash. The same is true for serving underaged persons. Therefore, make sure before your party begins that all of your guests either have a designated driver or has arrangements with cab company or someone else to drive them home. Keep phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
Never let friends drive drunk. It’s still your best defense against other drunk drivers.
* For more information, please visit TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.