Designating a Driver Should Be At the Top of Everyones Super Bowl Party List
The I.I.I. Offers Tips for Being a Responsible HostINSURANCE INFORMATION INSTITUTE
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On Sunday, February 7, millions of Americans will drive to a friend or family member’s house to watch the Indianapolis Colts play the New Orleans Saints for Super Bowl XLIV. While the big game is one of the most exciting events of the football season, it is also one of the most dangerous as roads are filled with too many impaired drivers.
According to the most recent figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2008, alcohol-impaired-driving crashes accounted for 32 percent of total motor vehicle traffic fatalities. On Super Bowl Sunday (February 3 to 5:59 a.m. February 4), 49 percent of the fatalities occurred in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher. Overall, more than 13,000 Americans died that year in crashes involving an impaired driver.
If you are planning to host a party, the I.I.I. suggests the following:
- Encourage guests to pick a designated driver who will refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages.
- Be responsible yourself. Limit your own alcohol intake so that you will be able to judge if a guest has had too much to drink and should not get behind the wheel of a car.
- Provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages for guests.
- Have an ample amount of food on hand. Drinking on an empty stomach causes quicker ingestion of alcohol.
- Do not pressure guests to drink or rush to refill their glasses when empty. And never serve guests who are already visibly intoxicated.
- Stop serving liquor at the end of the game’s third quarter and switch to coffee, tea and soft drinks.
- Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy. If guests drink too much or seem too tired to drive home, call a cab, arrange a ride with a sober guest or insist that they sleep at your home.
- Remember, if you let someone drink and drive, you may be held liable if that person gets into an accident on the way home.
If you are attending a Super Bowl party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant:
- Designate your sober driver before the party begins and leave your car keys at home.
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself—eat enough food and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
- If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend or family member to come and you; or just stay where you are until you are sober. Also find out if your community participates in a safe ride programs and keep the number handy.
- Buckle up—it’s a great defense against other impaired drivers.
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