Planning a Party for Super Bowl Sunday? Remember, Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk
It will take a team effort to ensure that those who do drink have a safe ride home
It's practically a tradition in the United States. Football fans gather across the country on Super Bowl Sunday to eat, drink, and cheer their team to victory. As you get ready for the party, however, don't forget the most important part of the night: a plan to prevent drunk driving.
One person killed every 51 minutes
Drunk driving in the U.S. kills one person every 51 minutes. In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers—that's an average of almost 29 people killed every single day.
Given how many Super Bowl parties will involve alcohol, it will take a team effort to ensure that those who do drink have a safe ride home.
Tips for a Safe Super Bowl Sunday
We will all win on Super Bowl Sunday if we follow these keys to the game:
- Know the Rules. It's illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. When it comes to drinking and driving, law enforcement doesn't throw a yellow flag; they throw the book at you. You'll get pulled over, arrested, and prosecuted. Your wallet takes a big hit, too: the average DUI court case costs approximately $10,000.
- Play It Safe. Defenses win championships; your best defense is to plan a safe ride. From buses and trains to car services and designated drivers, connect with the option that will get you home safely. NHTSA even has an app for that—SaferRide—which is available for Apple and Android devices and can connect you to a local cab company or with a friend who can come pick you up.
- DDs Become MVPS. Before everyone opens their drinks, encourage people to volunteer to serve as sober designated drivers. Those who step up should be named the party's Most Valuable Players. [You can even tweet their names to @NHTSAgov to make them part of the NHTSA's Wall of Fame. Use the hashtag #designateddriver.]
- If You've Been Drinking, You've Been Benched. Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. There's no place on the road for anyone who has been drinking. If someone tries to drive after drinking, tell them to ride the bench until you help them find a sober ride home. If you're hosting the party, you're the head coach. Make the right call: take their keys before they drink and drive.
Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk
We're all on the same team when it comes to preventing drunk driving. And, however you or your guests travel on Super Bowl Sunday, always buckle up. Your seat belt is your best defense in any vehicle crash.
We hope it's a great game and that you enjoy it—safely—with friends and family. Always remember: Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk!