Because it's the biggest football game of the season, many of us attend
Super Bowl parties even if we don’t have a team in the game. In
addition to the action on the field, there is always good food and fun
Many Super Bowl parties also involve alcohol, which makes it a very dangerous
night to be on the road. This year, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration’s (NHTSA) public safety campaign message is “Fans
Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.” It serves to remind all football
fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend by passing the keys
to a sober driver before the drinking begins.
As we continually highlight on this San Diego Injury Blog, impaired driving
can be deadly. According to NHTSA, in 2015 10,265 people—29 percent
of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States that
year—were killed in crashes that involved an impaired driver. In
2015, approximately one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every
While drivers are considered legally impaired with a blood alcohol concentration
(BAC) of .08 or higher, even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment
and reaction times enough to make driving unsafe. That’s why designated
drivers should stick to non-alcoholic drinks. Below are several other
Super Bowl safety tips from NHTSA:
If you plan to drink:
- Before you head out for the Super Bowl party, make a game plan that includes
a sober driver—someone who will not drink at all, and will safely
deliver you to your final destination.
- Make sure your designated driver is actually sober. If he or she decided
to drink unexpectedly, call a cab, use the SaferRide app, or call someone
else who you know hasn’t been drinking.
- Don’t let friends (and fans) drive drunk. Help arrange a safe way
for them to get home, too.
- When you ride home with your sober driver, make sure you—and your
driver—wear a seat belt. It’s your best defense in a crash.
- Remember, walking impaired can also be dangerous. Designate a sober friend
to walk home with you.
- If you find yourself unable to get home safely, ask the host if you can
stay for the night.
If you’re hosting the Super Bowl party:
- Designate a responsible sober driver to help your guests get home safely.
- Ask your guests to designate their sober drivers in advance, or help them
coordinate with other partygoers’ designated drivers.
- If you don’t drink, offer to drive guests home.
- Encourage your drinking guests to pace themselves, eat food, and drink
plenty of water.
- Serve a selection of non-alcoholic drinks.
If you plan to drive:
- Take your role as designated driver seriously.
- While at the party, enjoy food and non-alcoholic drinks. Refrain from any
- Always buckle your seat belt and require your passengers to do the same.
Don’t start the car until all passengers’ seat belts are buckled.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a California car
accident caused by a negligent driver, don’t hesitate to contact
a personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free
consultation. Relying on more than 30 years of legal experience, we are
dedicated to protecting the rights of California injury victims.