Millions of Americans will throw or attend Super Bowl parties this coming weekend, joining friends and family to cheer on their preferred team and stuff themselves on nachos, chicken wings and other comfort food. Since alcohol is often a part of the festivities as well, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has compiled this list of tips that you may want to pass along to fleet drivers and others:
Know the Rules: It’s illegal everywhere in America to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. If you drink and drive, you won’t get hit with a yellow flag; you’ll get pulled over, arrested, and prosecuted. Your wallet takes a hit, too; the average DUI costs about $10,000.
Play It Safe: When it comes to safe ride choices, you’ve got more options than the wishbone offense. From buses and trains to car services and designated drivers, connect with the option that will get you home safely. NHTSA even has an app for that — SaferRide — which is available for Apple and Android devices and can connect you to a local cab company or with a friend who can come pick you up. If you’re hosting, make sure your guests have a safe ride home.
Lean on Your MVP: Encourage guests to be sober-designated drivers and name them your party’s Most Valuable Players for stepping up.
Know the Score: You already know that, on average, three people will lose their lives to drunk driving just in the time it takes to watch the football game. But did you know that drunk driving accounts for almost one of every three deaths on our roads every year? In 2015 alone, 10,265 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. Your winning play is to never get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.
These keys to the game will make sure Super Bowl LI is remembered for a big win rather than a tragic loss of life due to drunk driving. And, however you or your guests travel on Super Bowl Sunday, always buckle up. Your seat belt is your best defense in any vehicle crash.
To view a video featuring actress Helen Mirren offering further advice, click on the photo or link below the headline.