Drive Safe Super Bowl Weekend
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual Super Bowl themed anti-drunk driving campaign. Unfortunately, the Super Bowl has become well known for having a spike in injury causing and fatal crashed caused by drunk driving. Thanks to drunk drivers, this is one of the most dangerous weekends on U.S. roadways. This year, the NHTSA is urging football fans to make sure they have a safe ride home.
If you plan on celebrating with alcohol, make a plan for a safe ride home. Designate a driver if you’re headed out to watch the big game. If you don’t have a designated driver or if your ride falls through, use a ridesharing app like Uber or Lyft. No matter what, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.
Drunk Driving Crashes by The Numbers
- In 2017, there were 10,874 people killed in drunk driving crashes in the U.S.
- Fatalities involving drunk drivers accounted for 29 percent of all crash deaths in 2017.
- On average, one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurred every 48 minutes in 2017.
- The estimated economic cost of all alcohol-impaired driving crashes in the U.S. in 2010 was $44 billion.
- Of the traffic fatalities in 2017 among children 14 and younger, 19 percent occurred in drunk driving crashes.
- The 21 to 24-year-old age group had the highest percentage (27%) of drivers with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher in fatal crashes when compared to other age groups in 2017.
Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk
The NHTSA has a variety of tips to help make sure football fans get home safely after the Super Bowl this year. From designating a driver to looking out for your fellow fans, it’s all about making sure everybody has a safe ride home. Party hosts are also urged to keep an eye on guests. If you see somebody trying to get behind the wheel that has been drinking, take his or her keys away. It could save their life or the lives of others.
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 skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.