AKRON, Jan. 23, 2012 – Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most popular and enjoyable sporting events in America, but it also can be a dangerous day to be on the road when drunk drivers are a factor.
This Sunday, Feb. 5, whether attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a bar or restaurant, a designated driver should be the first play of the big game. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 31 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities occurred from alcohol-impaired driving in 2010.
Summa Health System’s Rebecca Wise, Summit County Safe Communities Grant Coordinator and Safe Teens Coalition Leader – Ohio Chapter, points to several tips from the NHTSA and the Department of Transportation to help keep Super Bowl Sunday safe and fun.
If you are hosting a Super Bowl party:
- Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in an impaired-driving crash.
- Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
- Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
- Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
- Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.
If you are attending a Super Bowl party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant:
- Designate your sober driver before the party begins, and leave your car keys at home.
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself—eat enough food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
- 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 just stay where you are and sleep until you are sober.
- Never let a friend get behind the wheel of his or her vehicle if you think they are about to drive while impaired.
- Always buckle up – it’s still your best defense against other impaired drivers.
Help everyone leave a winner and have a safe enjoyable time this Super Bowl Sunday.
According to Summit County Safe Communities, there were 34 traffic-related fatalities in Summit
County in 2011. This is up from the 28 traffic fatalities recorded in 2010.
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