Super Bowl Festivities Contribute to Spike in Drunk Driving Accidents in St. Louis and Elsewhere

Super Bowl Festivities Contribute to Spike in Drunk Driving Accidents in St. Louis and Elsewhere

Super Bowl Sunday hosts America’s most popular national sports event. Millions of people are expected to attend gatherings across the county to watch this year’s game — Super Bowl XLVI — between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. Unfortunately, this is a time when drivers get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. For this reason, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most dangerous times to be on our state’s roadways, according to Market Watch. These irresponsible drivers increase everyone’s risk to be in an alcohol-related car accident in St. Louis and elsewhere.

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This year, safety officials and organizations across the country are joining together to fight back. The National Football League (NFL), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition are joining forces with law enforcement departments nationwide to help to deter drivers from hopping behind the wheel after drinking. The message for this year’s event is “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.”

Our St. Louis Car drunk driving car accident lawyers understand there will be millions of Super Bowl events going on around the United States. At many of these events, alcohol will be served to football fans. Fans are asked to party with a plan to avoid a drunk driving car accidents. On the big football day, it is estimated that about half of all fatal car accidents involve a driver who is under the influence of alcohol. Luckily, the NHTSA is here to offer Super Bowl fans with some safety tips to help keep everyone safe on our roadways this Sunday.

If You’re Hosting a Super Bowl Party:

-Be sure everyone has a designated driver before the festivities begin.

-Offer lots of food.

-Make sure everyone who is not drinking always has a non-alcoholic drink.

-Serve alcoholic drinks one at a time with measured amounts of alcohol.

-Treat the designated drivers with first dibs on the food.

-Stop serving alcohol at least an hour before the party ends.

-Keep phone numbers for taxi cab companies available.

-Make room for those who may not have a sober ride home. Allowing them to stay the night could help to avoid a potentially fatal car accident.

-Have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages options for designated driver.

-Make sure everyone who is consuming alcohol is of legal age to do so.

-Remember that you can be held liable and prosecuted is someone at your party who you served ends up in a drunk driving accident.

If You’re Heading to a Super Bowl Party:

-Be sure to know who your designated driver is before you leave the house.

-Leave your car keys at your house.

-Be sure that your designated driver is drinking absolutely no alcohol.

-Offer to pay for parking or to chip in on gas for your designated driver.

-Be sure to eat plenty of food.

-Don’t drink too much too fast. It would end up ruining your Super Bowl celebrations.

Whether you’re drinking or not, it’s important to wear your seat belt. Seat belts are your best defense against injury and death in the event of an accident in Missouri. Set your clock for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday to catch the big game. Enjoy responsibly!

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