The Dangers of Super Bowl Sunday
Whether you're rooting for the Cardinals or the Steelers (or just watching for the commercials) millions of people will be going to Super Bowl parties this weekend. At these parties, a fair share of people will be relaxing while have a couple of beers and copious amounts of chips and salsa but unfortunately, other party goers will drink too much then hit the roadways.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2007, alcohol-impaired-driving crashes accounted for 32% of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities. On Super Bowl Sunday (12:01 a.m. Sunday to 5:59 a.m. Monday), 48% of the fatalities occurred in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher. In fact, more than 13,000 Americans died that year in crashes involving an impaired driver.
Young men--ages 21 to 34 years old--are the core audience for major sporting events such as the Super Bowl and are also the most likely to drive while intoxicated, according to NHTSA. They are also the most likely to drive fast and not wear their seat belts.
If you're hosting a Super Bowl bash, there are measures you can take to make sure your guests arrive safely at their homes after the game.
1. Stop serving beer and alcohol at the end of the third quarter.
2. Make sure there are plenty of designated drivers to help those who may have had one too many.
3. Keep an eye on your guests. If someone looks intoxicated after the coin toss, stop serving them liquor.
4. Serve plenty of food. There is nothing worse than drinking and not eating.
If you are going to a party this weekend, make sure you are responsible so you make it home safe after the big game. No matter what team you're rooting for (Go Steelers!), have a happy and SAFE Super Bowl Sunday.