Whether you are a football fan, friends with one, or you just watch for the commercials, millions of viewers will be tuning in on Sunday, February 7th for Super Bowl 50. Some go out to sports bars, others throw parties for the occasion, and while it is all in good fun, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, 43% of all traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday were caused by intoxicated driving.
The greater volume of people in bars, at parties and otherwise makes for dangerous road conditions. It is important that you know both how to avoid a DUI, and how to avoid drunk drivers on the road.
How to spot a drunk driver on the road
Although there will be many DWI checkpoints on our roadways that weekend, be sure to be on the lookout for drivers exhibiting these signs:
- Weaving frequently and not able to drive in straight line
- Making wide turns
- Driving at slower speeds than usual
- Stopping without a cause
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
How to report a drunk driver if you come across one:
- Stay as far away from the vehicle as possible
- Do not try to pass the vehicle or signal it to pull over, this may cause an accident
- Without disrupting or becoming distracted from your own driving, safely take notice of the license plate and the make, model, and year of the vehicle
- Pull over and call 911 and give them your description
As the host of a a Super Bowl party, you are an important part in helping to prevent drunk driving and DUI arrests. If you serve alcoholic beverages, be sure to also serve plenty of food, as a full stomach helps alcohol absorb more slowly into the bloodstream. Provide tasty alcohol-free alternatives to alcoholic beverages so that designated drivers won’t feel left out or be tempted to indulge. Pay attention to your guests’ behavior and serve alcohol accordingly. It’s usually smart to stop serving alcoholic drinks an hour or two before the party ends.
And if you are hit by a drunk driver, or arrested under DUI charges, don’t hesitate to call The Law Offices of Collier & Collier, P.C. toll free here 877-825-0543.