A long weekend culminates with Super Bowl Sunday, one of the year’s biggest days for private parties, great food and drinking in front of the television with friends and family! Whether you’re rooting for the 49ers or for the Ravens, we want everyone to be on a safe team.
Our Broward drunk driving accident lawyers encourage football fans to designate a sober driver! Each year, Super Bowl Sunday proves to be one of the most dangerous days to be behind the wheel. There’s no denying that football and booze go hand in hand, but there’s a safe way to combine the two — and driving isn’t the answer.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 10,000 people who died in alcohol-related traffic crashes in the United States in 2010. When you break that down, that means that someone was killed every 51 minutes.
We’re asking football fans to recruit a designated driver for this Sunday’s face-off!
In the state of Florida, there were close to 800 people who were killed in alcohol-related car crashes in 2010. These kinds of accidents accounted for more than 30 percent of all traffic accident fatalities throughout the year. That’s a saddening number, especially when you figure that each and every one of them was preventable.
Before heading to your Super Bowl party or your favorite sports bar, we’re asking you to consider a few safety tips. If you’re going with friends, make sure you have a designated driver. This is someone who pledges not to drink any alcohol. This doesn’t mean that the person who is the least drunk will drive everyone home.
If you’re out and you can’t seem to find your designated driver, there are other safe ways to get home. One of your options would be to call a taxi. You could also consider calling a friend or family member to come pick you up and take you home. If you can’t do either of those, you can always take public transportation — just make sure you know the bus schedule.
If you can’t seem to find a sober ride home, there is always the option of staying the night and sleeping it off. Stay over at a friend or family member’s home. We’re sure they have an extra couch. If you think about it, it’s better than a jail cell or a hospital bed.
If you’re the designated driver and you think you’ve spotted an intoxicated driver, make sure you report them to law enforcement officers by dialing *347 on your cell phone. Make sure you let them know which car it is, where it’s heading and a description of the driver if you can. Your call could help to get a dangerous driver off the road and it could wind up saving some lives in the process.