On Super Bowl Sunday, 36 percent of all car accident fatalities were connected with drunk driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). We can enjoy watching the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl this year, but let's take steps to minimize the risk of serious injuries or deaths from car accidents during and after the Super Bowl.
The NHTSA provided these safety tips that could prevent car accidents – especially drunk driving car accidents this Super Bowl weekend:
- Designate your sober driver before the party begins.
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
- Keep track of how much you have had to drink.
- Make sure your ride is sober before letting him/her drive you.
- If you don't have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or if possible stay where you are for the night and don't drive until you are sober.
- Never let a friend drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.
- Always buckle up. It's still your best defense against other drunk drivers.
If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, you can take these steps to help your friends and family reduce the risks of a car accident on Super Bowl Sunday:
- Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
- Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
- If you plan to stay sober, offer to drive guests home.
- Encourage guests to pace themselves.
- Host your party like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee and dessert.
- Keep the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
- If an underage person drinks and drives, the host may be legally liable for any damage, injury or death caused by the underage driver.
Enjoy the Big Game and root for the Denver Broncos! However, remember, even if you take all the necessary precautions to avoid a car accident on the way home, other drivers may not have. Even the safest drivers get injured in car accidents because of the negligence of others. So, drive safely and watch out for those who don't.
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