Throwing a Safe Football Party this Season

Officials with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are teaming up with the National Football League (NFL) to make sure that everyone has a designated driver this football season.  Officials with MADD will be attending a number of NFL football games this fall and helping to spread the word.  They’ll be handing out information at MADD booths and will be circulating the tailgate parties in the parking lot to reiterate the importance of a designated non-drinking driver.

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With this partnership in recent years, officials with MADD have been able to raise their designated driver participation by close to 30 percent each and every year.

Our Cape Coral drunk driving accident attorneys understand that football game days are some of the heaviest days for alcohol consumption in the U.S.  Impaired drivers risk killing, disabling, disfiguring, and injuring themselves and others — sometimes their own friends and family.  Not only are you risking the safest of yourself and others out there along our roadways, but you’re also running the risk of jail time, losing your driver’s license and a host of fees and fines.

“We have made progress but have more work to do to ensure that everyone associated with the NFL makes safe, responsible decisions with alcohol and never gets behind the wheel when they shouldn’t,” said Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner.

Roughly 40 percent of the vehicle-related fatalities that happened after football games in 2010 were due to drunk driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

If you’re planning on throwing an NFL football celebration before, during or after a game, make sure that you lookout for the designated drivers of the bunch.  You can do so by:

-Make sure that everyone at your party has a designated driver.  Never allow anyone who has been drinking to leave your home.

-Always have phone numbers to taxis and cabs available for your guests when needed.

-Compensate the designated drivers.  Make sure there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages available for them.

-Reward designated drivers with perks like the prime parking spot or first dibs on seating near the big screen.

-Stop serving alcoholic beverages when the fourth quarter begins.

-Avoid offering mixed beverages. Some mixers cause the body to absorb alcohol faster, and most make alcohol easier to drink.

-Serve plenty of food to help offset the effects of alcohol. Salty snacks can make people feel thirsty, so set a pitcher of water on the table as well.

The truth of the matter is that drunk driving car accidents are completely preventable.  There’s so shame in celebrating, and there’s no shame in drinking during that celebration, but there is shame is drinking and get behind the wheel.

Be a key player in keeping out roads safe throughout football season and make sure you’ve got yourself a designated driver for each and every game.

If you or someone you love has been injured, contact our personal injury attorneys at the Hollander Law Firm at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation. There is no fee unless we win.