(Coppell, TX) – 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 often more opportunities to drink alcohol. With the Super Bowl taking place on Sun., Feb. 7, AAA Texas urges partygoers and party hosts to take steps ahead of time to keep themselves and their guests safe this weekend.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2015 there were 23,999 DUI alcohol-related crashes which caused:
- 884 fatalities
- 2,127 serious injuries
“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 of the year on our roadways,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe. “Please encourage friends and family to have a plan to get home safe before they ever have that first sip of alcohol.”
Regardless of who wins on the field, everyone wins on the roads by not drinking and driving. So, AAA Texas encourages you to:
- Make plans to get home safely. If intending to consume alcohol, select a designated, non-drinking driver or ensure a cab company, 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.
Drivers arrested for DWI can face jail time and up to $17,000 in court costs and legal fees, and you can’t put a price on the lives lost or forever changed as a result of drinking and driving.
AAA works year round to educate motorists about driving practices that will help keep them safe and reduce traffic-related crashes and the injuries that can result. DUIJusticeLink.aaa.com is an online resource offering impaired driving facts, transportation alternatives and expert advice.
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 55 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.