February 16, 2015

Fans Can Tackle Drunk Driving on Super Bowl Sunday

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In 2014, nearly half of all American households watched the Super Bowl. This Sunday’s big game is expected to draw a similar number of viewers, and as friends and family gather to watch, alcohol will be a staple of many celebrations.

Police around the country report that drunk driving arrests and alcohol-involved crashes spike on Super Bowl Sunday. For example, California law enforcement historically sees a 77% increase in drunk driving crashes on the big day in comparison to regular Sundays. As a result, many jurisdictions plan to ramp up DUI patrols and checkpoints this weekend.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched its annual “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign to get the word out about the dangers of drunk driving during and after the Super Bowl. In addition, NHTSA has created some tips to help fans end the night safely:

Before Super Bowl Sunday, make a game plan that includes a sober driver – someone who is not drinking at all.Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.Thank the designated sober drivers at your party. You could even acknowledge them on social media using the hashtag #designateddriver.Remember, if you serve a guest alcohol and he or she gets in a drunk-driving crash that night, you could be held liable.

What are you doing to intercept drunk driving during and after the Super Bowl?


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The acronyms DUI, DWI, OMVI and OVI all refer to the same thing: operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The most commonly used terms are DUI, an acronym for Driving Under the Influence, and DWI, an acronym for Driving While Impaired.
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