“Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk”

NHTSA Super Bowl Sunday Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign

The big game is here and football fans across the nation are enjoying the spectacle.  Along with pizza, queso and fried food galore, comes a higher than normal amount of alcohol consumption.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “there were 10,511 fatalities in motor vehicle crashes involving drunk drivers” in 2018 alone.  Super bowl Sunday is no exception to the devastation.  In NHTSA’s new “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign, they encourage all people to remember that it is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If arrested for drunk driving you could face the loss of your license, required alcohol monitoring, a high fine and even jail time.  Nearly all states require the installation of an ignition interlock device for those convicted of a second or subsequent drunk driving offense and some require it for first offenders.  Between the increase in insurance, court fines and fees, and the cost of an attorney you could be looking at nearly $10,000 out of pocket.

The good news?  There are more options than ever.  NHTSA reminds fans to have a plan.  Always designate a sober driver or plan to take alternative transportation such as Uber or Lyft.  Many buses and other sources of public transportation offer special routes before and after the game.

The most important thing to remember is to never drive drunk and never let your friends drive drunk.  If you are at a party or bar watching the game and someone is too intoxicated to drive, you need to intervene.  Save them from making one of the biggest mistakes a person can make.  Drunk driving related fatalities are completely preventable. Join NHTSA in reminding everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk and make it the safest Superbowl to date.