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Super Bowl XLVII
By MADD | January 30, 2013| 3 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

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.


   

Comments

Submitted by Dan at 11:46 PM on February 27, 2013
We just had two separate cases here in the past month in the Naperville,Illinois area of two drunk drivers getting ticketed for driving 111mph and 145mph. Both judges let them off with NO jail time AND they retained their drivers licenses. They were on the same roads I drive every day...lucky no one was killed...just a matter of time. Until the courts crack down, these guys will continue speeding drunk until they do kill someone.
Submitted by Gaia at 08:00 AM on February 7, 2013
I admire the attitude of these mothers who created MADD and it is both impressive and inspiring the power that individuals can have in their communities and in a whole country, if they unite and put their minds together to fight for what is right! I would like to be able to witness during my life time the complete banishment of drunk driving but, for this to be true, we need, as members of society, to take into consideration human nature. Punishment and awareness play extremely important roles in this life and death problem, but there are other areas which should be further explored. The United States of America is the most powerful country in the whole world, meanwhile it lacks in public transportation. Humans have a tendency to look for what is easier and more convenient at the time. If the people start to demand more public transportation and for longer hours, it would make a big impact on driving habits. The San Francisco Bay area, for example, has BART, but it doesn't work in the middle of the night, when people are coming back from the night clubs. It is pretty obvious that most people would leave their cars at home, particularly when they will be drinking, if they had a safe, convenient and cheaper way to return home. Public transportation should be available for 24 hours during the weekends. It would give people more options for returning home safe and making sure others wouldn't be affected by their poor judgement. More options, that would do the trick! Compare the percentage of drunk driving in New York City and Los Angeles, for example. I have lived in both cities: I don't know anyone who drinks and drives in NYC, unfortunately the same isn't true in LA. So, what is the difference? Is there less drinking in New York? Absolutely not, there is more public transportation. Moreover, it should be cheaper and better for the environment. I am pleading for MADD to consider getting involved in a campaign for more public transportation in order to decrease drunk driving and help us to be a better society. My heart goes to all the victims...
Submitted by ddd at 11:15 PM on January 31, 2013
do the right thing

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