Hamilton, NJ – Super Bowl Sunday is approaching with scores of people making plans to watch the big game. With that comes party planning and AAA Mid-Atlantic is urging Super Bowl fans to prepare by designating a sober driver or arranging for alternate transportation options.
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.”
The Super Bowl is a time for celebration but it not a time to disregard safety. AAA offers the following tips for party goers and party planners.
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 sober.
- Buckle up—it’s your best defense against other impaired drivers.
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.