With Super Bowl LI swiftly approaching, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding people that “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.” Roadways across the nation are notoriously dangerous during Super Bowl weekend. This time of year has become synonymous with extended celebrations and an increase in alcohol consumption. The NHTSA is calling on fans, party hosts and all others to make safe choices for the upcoming Super Bowl weekend and all year long.
U.S. Drunk Driving Crash Facts
- In 2015, 10,265 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers.
- Roadway crash deaths involving drunk drivers accounted for 29 percent of all crash fatalities in 2015.
- In 2015, approximately one alcohol-impaired-driving death happened every 51 minutes.
- The average DUI court case costs approximately $10,000.
Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk
The NHTSA is calling on fans to keep an eye on their friends this Super Bowl weekend. Even if they fuss or get upset, never let a drunk friend get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. If you know somebody has been drinking and plans to drive, take their keys away and help them get a safe ride home. The NHTSA is also reminding designated drivers that buzzed driving is drunk driving too. If you’re a designated driver, refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages completely.
NHTSA Tips for Super Bowl Party Hosts
- Ask guests to designate sober drivers in advance.
- If you don’t drink, offer to drive guests home.
- Serve a selection of non-alcohol drinks too.
- Encourage guests to pace themselves.
- Make the designated driver feel like the MVP.
- Never serve alcohol to minors.
Drunk Driving Accidents in San Diego
If you plan on drinking during Super Bowl weekend, make sure you have a plan to get home safely. If you’re hosting a party, keep an eye on guests and friends to ensure everybody has a safe ride home. If you plan on walking home after celebrating with alcohol, exercise additional vigilance, as walking impaired can also be dangerous, especially if other people get behind the wheel after drinking.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a drunk driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.