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Super tips for staying safe on game day

Fans don't let fans drink and drive! Help keep Kentucky's roadways safe on game day. 

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Don't fumble on game day! If you plan to consume alcohol during the Super Bowl this year, make sure to have a plan in play. | Photo credit: Adobe Stock

Historically, Super Bowl Sunday falls in line as one of America's top drinking days. Remember, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.  Every game day party plan must start with a defense that prevents drunk driving. 

In an effort to keep roadways safe, local police often plan to ramp up their patrols and set up an increased amount of DUI checkpoints on Super Bowl Sunday. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "when it comes to drinking and driving, law enforcement doesn’t throw a yellow flag; they throw the book at you. You’ll get pulled over, arrested, and prosecuted." Your wallet takes a big hit, too: the average DUI court case costs thousands of dollars.

SUPERBOWL LVI: February 12, 2023 @ 6:30 p.m. ET

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. Before leaving, make sure your designated driver is actually sober. If he or she decides to drink unexpectedly, call a cab or someone else who you know hasn’t been drinking.  
  • 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 this year's kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET, 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.

On Super Bowl Sunday, we need a team effort to make sure everyone drives sober. Fans don't let fans drive drunk.    

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