Super Bowl Sunday is an annual tradition for family and friends, with an emphasis on house parties and restaurant gatherings that contribute to a relaxed atmosphere and more opportunities to drink alcohol. With the Super Bowl taking place on Sun., Feb. 7, AAA East Central urges partygoers and party hosts to plan ahead to keep themselves and their guests’ safe this weekend.
“Super Bowl Sunday can be a day for one of the most exciting sporting events in the country, but unfortunately, it can also be one of the most dangerous days on our roadways,” said Theresa Podguski, AAA East Central Legislative Affairs Director. “Both drivers and passengers should understand the risks from drunk and drugged driving and take steps to prevent it,” she added.
AAA encourages partygoers reduce their risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash by doing some advanced planning. If you plan to drink, plan not to drive by having a designated, non-drinking driver, alternate transportation or plans for an overnight stay wherever you watch the big game. Party hosts are reminded to consider designated drivers when stocking up for parties.
Regardless of who wins on the field, everyone wins on the roads by not drinking and driving:
Make plans to get home safely. If intending to consume alcohol, select a designated, non-drinking driver or ensure a cab service, ride-sharing service or public transportation is available from the party location.
Consider an overnight stay. If attending a party at a friend’s home, consider asking to stay overnight. If participating in festivities in a downtown or commercial area, look into hotel accommodations within walking distance.
Have safe transportation options ready. If hosting a party with alcohol, compile a list of phone numbers including local cab companies to have readily available should guests need a safe way home.
Take care of designated drivers and offer alternatives to alcohol. Plan to have non-alcoholic drink options available for designated drivers and others. Serve plenty of food so partygoers do not drink on empty stomachs.
Driving is a privilege that many Americans enjoy. Consuming alcoholic beverages is also something that many adults take part in. However, these two activities do not go together and should never be combined. If you are driving, don’t drink. And if you’re drinking, don’t drive.
AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 83 local offices in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and New York servicing 2.7 million members.