Nationwide, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the largest drinking days of the year and as a result driving under the influence increases. How will you avoid drinking and driving?
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Super Bowl 50 is this Sunday and while we’re all preparing to shove buffalo wings in our mouths while watching Beyonce dominate Coldplay at the halftime show, have you thought about how you’re getting home after you’ve had a few drinks at the party? You’re not a football, so you shouldn’t be spiked.
Nationwide, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the largest drinking days of the year and as a result driving under the influence (DUI) increases. To put this in comparison with any other day of the year, besides New Year's Eve, a smartphone breathalyzer known as BACtrack recorded an average blood alcohol level content (BAC) of 0.91 among its users on Super Bowl Sunday in 2014. This is 0.11 percent higher than the legal limit at 0.8 percent. While they call it liquid courage for a reason, alcohol doesn’t make you a more competent driver and only puts you and other drivers at risk.
Below is an interactive map of alcohol impaired driving deaths in the U.S. compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between the years 2003 and 2012. While California, the location of this year’s game, has the third highest death rate that shouldn’t cause you to feel immune to the consequences of drunk driving in a less affected state such as Wyoming. Scroll the legend to see how your state ranks nationally.
Whether you’re at the bar, a friend’s house, or Levi’s stadium itself you should have a gameplan ahead of time so you’re not tempted to drive yourself home once your judgement is impaired. Take public transportation, call a cab, an Uber, a Lyft, or even your mom for a ride.
Uber San Francisco just announced an expansion of their carpool service to ease traffic on Super Bowl Sunday. They’ve also struck a deal with the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to pick up and drop off ticket holders outside the stadium gates.
Another company, BeMyDD (designated driver) allows you to reserve a driver for the evening that will drive both you and your car to and from your home and party destination. They’re also offering $20 off your first reservation.
If you’re feeling old school, you can call 1-800-TAXI nationwide and be automatically connected to a local taxi service.
Ride safely. Beyonce will thank you.