Super tips for staying safe on game day

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.?

Super tips for staying safe on game day blog
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.

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 2016, BACtrack, a company which makes smartphone-enabled breathalyzers to monitor blood alcohol content (BAC), gathered staistics by using their products on game day revelers. That year, the average BAC during the big game 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.

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 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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