Drinking and watching football are commonly associated in the United States, with parties centered around playoff games and the Super Bowl often featuring plenty of alcohol for all guests. As such, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun a campaign to raise awareness of drunk driving leading up to and during the championship game.
The campaign, operating under the slogan of “Fans don’t let fans drive drunk,” runs from January 2 through February 6, the day after the Super Bowl. While the game will be played in Indianapolis, Indiana, the NHTSA will be partnering with law enforcement agencies around the country in order to spread the message of preventing drunk driving and stopping those who may choose to drink and drive. The campaign is also encouraging Super Bowl party hosts and guests to drink responsibly and prevent themselves and others from driving drunk.
In order to prevent drunk driving and overindulgence at football parties, the NHTSA recommends:
- Sober drivers are designated and ride sharing is organized before the party begins.
- Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks in addition to alcohol.
- Serve guests one drink at a time, and never serve to under-aged guests.
- Prepare numbers for cab rides and extra space if guests must spend the night.
- Pace yourself and take breaks between drinks so you do not overindulge.
During times when drinking and partying are much more likely to occur, such as during the Super Bowl or a holiday, police will often be out in force searching for signs of drunk driving. As such, the likelihood of being subjected to a Maryland DUI traffic stop by police is much greater, whether someone truly is intoxicated or not.
If you or a loved one is facing drunk driving charges in Maryland, the Annapolis drunk driving attorneys at Alpert Schreyer can defend you against harsh penalties. For a complimentary consultation on your case by our experienced law team, call us today at (866) 444-6363.