Our injury lawyers in Charlotte know that no matter which two teams face-off in the Super Bowl, the game will be among the most watched and celebrated television events of the year. Wikipedia tags Super Bowl Sunday “a de facto American national holiday”.
At 106.5 million viewers, last year’s Saints-v-Colts match-up became the most watched program in history. Super Bowl XLIV viewership toppled the longstanding title-holder, the final episode of M*A*S*H – earned in 1983 – by nearly a million viewers. In short: that’s a lot of party dip, folks.
Considering this, our Spartanburg car accident attorneys remind partygoers and party hosts to include a designated driver in their party planning efforts. Again this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has partnered with the NFL and a number of other businesses and organizations (Mothers Against Drunk Driving among them) to promote their traffic safety message: “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk”.
NHTSA administrator David Strickland said while football may be one of America’s favorite pastimes, “fans can put themselves in serious danger if they don’t plan ahead. Whether you’re at the game or watching from a sports bar or a friend’s house, designate a sober driver before the game. And remember, Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.”
According to the University of Delaware, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road. Of particular concern on this “holiday” are young male drivers aged 21 to 34. Traffic accident statistics indicate drivers in this category are least likely to buckle-up, most likely to crash, and most likely to drive when they shouldn’t, especially on game day.
With that in mind, if you’re throwing a party or going to one, keep these sober driving safety tips in mind for all your guests. Have a sober ride plan in play before you get – or let some else get – behind the wheel when remaining post-game parked is a better idea.
If you are hosting a party:
~ YOU can be held liable and criminally responsible if one of your guests leaves your party intoxicated and is involved in a car accident. Designating a sober driver in advance of game day can resolve this liability and potentially save lives.
~ Serve plenty of food and drinks without alcohol. Stop serving alcohol during the third quarter.
~ Have cab companies on speed dial. Investigate local “tow-and-go” initiatives. Confiscate keys.
If you are attending a party:
~ Slow down your volume of consumption by alternating alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic drinks. Snack frequently.
Bottom line: if you are host, it’s your job to take the keys from a partygoer who is too intoxicated to drive. If you are a guest, and you think someone shouldn’t drive – speak up. As the NFL says: “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk”.
The Lee & Smith car accident lawyers in Winston-Salem, Anderson and Rock Hill know that being involved in a serious or fatal car accident, or losing a loved one to a fatal car crash, can be among the most trying times in your life. We hope that if you are involved in a serious car accident anywhere across the Carolinas, you will call us at 1-800-887-1965 or email our law offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights.