Touchdown for Safe Driving at Super Bowl XLVIII

The researchers the­o­rized that drink­ing dur­ing the game, dri­ver fatigue because of the late hour, and dis­trac­tion and dis­ap­point­ment among dri­vers whose teams lost all con­tributed to the rise in col­li­sions. “We think that it may be alco­hol and fatigue and inat­ten­tion, and in par­tic­u­lar the sort of what-if con­jec­tures and Mon­day morn­ing quar­ter­back­ing that occurs” after the loss, said Dr. Don­ald A. Redelmeier, a pro­fes­sor of med­i­cine who also works at Canada’s largest trau­ma cen­ter.

Even those fans who don’t drink dur­ing or after the game pose a risk to them­selves and oth­ers once they hit the road because of the dis­trac­tion fac­tor. “If you’re replay­ing things in your head, you’re not pay­ing atten­tion” to your dri­ving, said Stephanie Faul, spokes­woman for the AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safe­ty.

The Neva­da Depart­ment for Trans­port offers the fol­low­ing Super Bowl safe dri­ving tips.

If you’re attend­ing a Super Bowl par­ty or watch­ing the game at a sports bar or restau­rant:

  • Des­ig­nate your sober dri­ver before the par­ty begins.
  • Avoid drink­ing too much alco­hol too fast. Pace your­self. Eat plen­ty of food, take breaks, and alter­nate with non-alco­holic drinks.
  • If you don’t have a des­ig­nat­ed dri­ver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or fam­i­ly mem­ber to come and get you; or stay where you are for the night and don’t dri­ve until you are sober.
  • Uti­lize a free sober ride pro­gram
  • Nev­er let friends dri­ve drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.
  • Always buck­le up. It’s still your best defence against drunk dri­vers on the road.

If you’re host­ing a Super Bowl par­ty:

  •  Make sure all of your guests des­ig­nate their sober dri­vers in advance, or help arrange ride-shar­ing with sober dri­vers.
  • Serve plen­ty of food and non-alco­holic bev­er­ages at the par­ty
  • Host your par­ty just like they do at the sta­di­um. Stop serv­ing alco­hol at the end of the third quar­ter of the game. The fourth quar­ter is per­fect for   serv­ing cof­fee and dessert
  • Keep the phone num­bers of local cab com­pa­nies on hand and take the keys away from any­one who is think­ing of dri­ving drunk.

Enjoy the game and if you have to trav­el at the end of it, please dri­ve dili­gent­ly and avoid the risks of dis­trac­tion, drink, drugs and dis­ap­point­ment!



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