Safety Tips to Avoid Drunk Driving During the Super Bowl

It’s the big game day as the Patriots take on the Falcons on Super Bowl Sunday. We hope you will enjoy the game and stay safe.

If you are attending a Super Bowl party, it’s important to take some basic precautions that will avoid putting yourself and others in danger.

Super Bowl safety tips

Cooper Hurley legal assistant Candace Freeman is supporting the Falcons

During times like Super Bowl Sunday and holidays, the number of wrecks caused by drunk drivers typically spikes. Here are some safety tips.

1 – Avoid drinking too much alcohol too quickly. Pace yourself for a long game.

2 – Do not get behind the wheel of your car if you have been consuming alcohol.

3 – Designate a sober person before the Super Bowl party begins and give them the car keys of drinkers.

4 – If you feel impaired, don’t even think about driving home.

5 – Make sure you have contact numbers for taxi cab services or ride share services like Uber and Lyft before the party begins.

6 – Don’t let friends drive drunk. Take their keys and don’t let them out of your sight if you fear they are impaired.

7 – If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, include non-alcoholic beverages and make sure there’s plenty of food for guests.

8 – Stop serving alcohol at the beginning of the third quarter of the game.

Every year drunk driving claims lives in Virginia. On our website, we highlight how 7, 591 crashes were linked to drunk driving in 2015. Tragically, 247 of these were fatal auto accidents.

Alcohol was a factor in almost a third of all fatal crashes in Virginia in 2015. DUI crashes caused 4,917 injuries in the Commonwealth -  7.6 percent of all traffic injuries.

The number of accidents linked to alcohol has steadily declined over the last two decades as enforcement and education efforts have increased. However, one death or injury caused by a drunk driver is one too many.

Typically, we see a rise in DUI accidents over the holidays and when big sporting events are underway.

Enjoy the Super Bowl and good luck. Please stay safe on the roads of Virginia and North Carolina.

If you have been injured in a wreck, call our experienced Hampton Roads personal injury team at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

 

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