AAA Mid-Atlantic: Make Sunday’s Big Game a Time for Friends, Family and Football, NOT Fatalities
Despite no chance of a Philly repeat, football fans will celebrate the big game and should plan accordingly.
PHILADELPHIA, PA, (January 31, 2019) – There won’t be a Philadelphia repeat this Sunday, but that won’t stop football fans from partaking in festivities to celebrate the big game. AAA Mid-Atlantic advises party planners and football fans to prepare by designating a sober driver or arranging for alternate transportation options.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities often spike on holidays and popular drinking days, like Super Bowl Sunday. Drunk driving can be deadly, and even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgement to make driving unsafe. In 2017, there were 10,874 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers.
According to preliminary PennDOT data, there were 1,161 (up 980 or 541% from 2017) crashes in Pennsylvania during last year’s Super Bowl, resulting in two fatalities. Of those crashes, 65 (up 48 or 282% from 2017) were alcohol-related. (Spike attributed to the statewide celebrations due to the Philadelphia Eagles going to and winning the big game).
“Drinking and driving is not a game – it’s a deadly combination and a crime – both of which are 100 percent preventable,” said Jana Tidwell, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Make your winning drive a sober one and designate a driver before you indulge in game day spirits. Don’t fumble when it comes to safety.”
Tips for a Safe Big Game Part
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.
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