“Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” — National Highway Transportation Safety Authority
The message is clear: “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is hoping football fans attending Super Bowl Sunday parties and sports bars this weekend will take precautions while they are out celebrating.
Driving drunk should not be an option for any sports fan. Designating a driver, calling a taxicab or a friend for a ride home are some options those celebrating Super Bowl Sunday should consider. Sadly the consequences of drinking and driving can be devastating if someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related crash.
Indeed, the NHTSA reports that alcohol-impaired crashes took someone’s life every 53 minutes in 2011. Also, on Super Bowl Sunday, motor vehicle crashes involving alcohol accounted for roughly 36 percent of fatalities between 6 a.m. Sunday to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, the NHTSA data shows.
“It’s our responsibility as the friends or family of anyone who is drinking to also step up and take the keys away from anyone who attempts to drive drunk,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of The Seegmiller Law Firm. “It may be difficult to confront someone who is drinking, but living with the consequences of doing nothing if someone is hurt or killed would be worse.”
The NHTSA points to statistics that show that about a third (31 percent) of all traffic accident fatalities in the United States are attributed to drunk drivers. That’s 9,878 people who died in alcohol-involved crashes in 2011, the latest statistics compiled by the NHTSA.
Additionally, twice as many drivers are found to be drunk in fatal crashes during weekends (31 percent) compared to fatal crashes on weekdays (15 percent). Also, drunk drivers who are involved in fatal crashes are four times as likely to be out at night (36 percent) than in the daytime (8 percent).
NHTSA offers these additional safety tips:
- Designate your sober driver
- Plan alternate transportation before the party begins.
- Ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you; or just stay where you are until you are sober.
- Use your community’s sober ride program.
- Never let friends leave your sight if you think they are about to drive and have had too much to drink.
- Always buckle up – it’s still your best defense against other drunk drivers.
If you are hosting a Super Bowl party:
- Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.
- Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange alternate transportation.
- Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
- Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
- Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink.
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