No Fumbles – Have a Game Plan - Designate a Sober Driver
Hamilton, NJ – This Sunday, Super Bowl XLVII will kick off in the Big Easy, but closer to home, people will gather to watch the game with family and friends. AAA Mid-Atlantic is urging fans to prepare for the big game by designating a sober driver or arranging for alternate transportation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 40 percent of all traffic fatalities that occur in the U.S. on Super Bowl Sunday are alcohol-related.
“The Super Bowl is one of the biggest and most entertaining national sporting events," said Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "But drinking and driving is not a game – it’s a deadly combination. So make the right play. Before you stock up on the wings, nachos and beer, make it a point to plan how your guests will get home safely. If you’re attending a party away from home, be a safe and sober driver.”
AAA also offers a link to a list of “Sober Ride” programs by state. These programs offer rides to intoxicated patrons (generally for a fee).
AAA Tips for a Safe Super Bowl Party
Be a responsible partygoer:
•If you plan to drive, don’t drink.
•If you plan to drink, select a designated driver and give them your car keys. If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, or stay where you are and sleep it off until you are
•Buckle up—it’s your best defense against other impaired drivers.
•If you observe an erratic driver while on the road, try to stay behind their vehicle and out of harm's way and call 911 or the police and report the driver.
Be a responsible host:
•Offer food and non-alcoholic beverages.
•Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
•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.
AAA Mid-Atlantic, serves nearly four million members in parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and throughout Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and is on the Web at aaa.com/community.