The Super Bowl is one of America’s most anticipated and celebrated sporting events and brings together families, friends and fans each year to enjoy the excitement of the big game. Fans often gather to watch the game at sports bars, restaurants or Super Bowl parties; but too many times these fans have one too many during the big game and then drive. In fact, on Super Bowl Sunday in 2011, 43 percent of all traffic fatalities involved a drunk driver compared to 31 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year.
MADD wants everyone to enjoy the game this year, but more importantly, we want everyone to get home from the celebration safely.
If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:
- Designate a sober driver before the party begins or save the number of a local cab service in your phone prior to heading out.
- If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, or call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you.
- Always buckle up. It’s your best defense against other drunk drivers.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:
- Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
- Never serve alcohol to someone under the 21 and never ask children to serve alcohol at parties.
- Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party, but avoid too many salty snacks as they tend to make people thirsty and drink more.
- Host your party just like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee and dessert.
- Keep the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
- Review our Safe Party Guide for more tips to help you be a champion host this Super Bowl Sunday.
No matter how you celebrate or who you cheer for this Super Bowl Sunday, don’t ruin the day by getting a DUI, or much worse. If you're going to drink alcohol, remember to plan ahead and designate a sober driver to help get everyone home safe after the game.