Set a safe game plan this Super Bowl Sunday

The average BAC (blood alcohol content) level during the game on Super Bowl Sunday in 2016 was 50% higher than the average level on other non-holiday Sundays.

On Super Bowl Sunday in 2012 (the latest data available), 38 percent of fatalities from motor vehicle crashes were connected to drunk driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA).

Historically, Super Bowl Sunday falls in line as one of the top drinking days of the year, frequently ranking second only to New Year’s Eve.

In data provided by BACtrack, which makes smartphone-enabled breathalyzers to monitor blood alcohol content (BAC), the average BAC during the big game in 2016 was .079%. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, which is the legal limit in all states. The average level during the game on Super Bowl Sunday was 50% higher than the average level on other non-holiday Sundays.

On Super Bowl Sunday in 2012 (the latest data available), 38 percent of fatalities from motor vehicle crashes were connected to drunk driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA).

In an effort to keep Kentucky roadways safe, the Kentucky State Police plans to ramp up their patrols and set up an increased amount of DUI checkpoints on Super Bowl Sunday.

If you plan to consume alcohol during the big game this year, make sure to have a plan in play.

  • Make arrangements for a designated driver prior to consuming alcohol. If a designated driver cannot be secured, staying home is always a safe bet.
  • Buckle up! Seatbelts are a great defense against other drivers who will inevitably drink and drive.
  • With a kickoff after 6:00 p.m., most football fans will be returning home far after sundown.  Stay alert! The National Sleep Foundation says that drowsy driving can impact driving as much as or more than alcohol.  NHTSA reports that drowsy drivers cause more than 100,000 crashes annually, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths.

If you’re hosting a party, keep these things in mind:         

  • Know when to cut off a guest.  Look for visual signs of impairment. Limit your own alcohol intake in order to determine the impairment level of guests.
  • Buffalo dip and beer aren’t the only thing you should serve up! Make sure to also provide alternative travel options. Keep local cab numbers handy, download a driver-on-demand smartphone app, be prepared to shuttle guests home or allow them to stay overnight.
  • Offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and food.
  • Stop serving alcohol well before the end of the game.

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