Avoid a DUI, Don’t Drink and Drive During 2018 Super Bowl Weekend

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is saying that fans don’t let fans drive drunk on February 4, 2018. Why? As any big football fan would know, that’s the day when the 2018 Super Bowl Sunday game is between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.

Drunk Driving and Football Games in the U.S.

Usually with celebratory times comes many rounds of drinks. And according to a recent national study, the number one reason that individuals get behind the wheel drunk is because they believe they are OK to drive.

In fact, Super Bowl weekend is just as dangerous as other holidays given the number of drunk driving arrests and injuries or deaths that occur.

In 2016, 10,497 lives were taken because of motor vehicle crashes involving a drunk driver. Of those fatalities, 67 percent were in crashes where at least one driver had a BrAC of .15, which is almost twice the legal limit. Drunk driving-related deaths have gone up for the second subsequent year in a row according to most recent data.

During Super Bowl Sunday in 2016, over one third of all U.S. traffic deaths involve drunk drivers. Smart Start is with NHTSA in wanting to tackle the drunk driving issue and urge everyone to stay safe.


Plan Ahead for 2018 Super Bowl Weekend

Make a game plan before Super Bowl night so you already know how you’re getting home safe and sober. Download a ridesharing app on your phone (like Lyft) or designate a driver from your group to make sure you, and everyone else, get home OK. You can also use alternative transportation depending on where you live with a taxi or other public transits.

If you do suspect someone is driving impaired, don’t hesitate to safely call 911 and report the driver.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, be a responsible host! Have plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks to serve. In addition, make sure your guests are OK to drive before they leave.

Having a pre-determined plan will avoid the dangerous decision to drink and drive.

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