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Many of us are excited for Super Bowl XLVIII-the suspense of the competition, the commercials, and, of course, the food and celebrations-but some of us probably still need to plan how we’ll be getting around that day. While the first thought on your minds when you hear that Orange County law enforcement will be out in full force cracking down on drunk drivers on Sunday may be how to avoid a DUI, in our personal injury law firm we often see the darker side of holidays and events like the Super Bowl: injuries and deaths in crashes. Whether a DUI or a car accident, game day could be ruined for you.
Alcohol-involved crashes are 75 percent higher on Super Bowl Sunday than on other comparable Sundays in January and February.
–Automobile Club of Southern California
We want you to have fun this Sunday, so we’ve made a list of ways to stay safe and out of trouble.
If you’re going out to watch the game…
-Designate a sober driver before leaving your house.
-Plan ahead. Sometimes designated drivers end up drinking, so keep the numbers for cab companies or sober ride services in your phone or wallet.
If you’re throwing a Super Bowl party…
-Check with your guests to make sure they’ve designated sober drivers or have arranged a safe ride home.
-Offer guests food and non-alcoholic beverages and stop serving alcohol to those who’ve clearly had too much to drink.
-Shut the bar down at the end of the third quarter and start serving coffee and dessert.
-Keep the numbers for local taxi companies handy.
-Take drivers’ keys away from them if they pose a risk on the road to themselves or others.
-Keep your promises and get your friends and loved ones home safely. You can drink any other day, so why put lives in danger just to have a few today?
-Make sure everyone in the car wears seat belts; they reduce the risk of dying in a crash by 45 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
-If you suspect another driver has been drinking, have a passenger call 911.
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