In addition to being Gloucester County workers’ compensation lawyers, we at the Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka believe in giving back to and looking out for the communities we serve. That’s why, in preparation for the Super Bowl this February 3rd, we are spreading the word of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Super Bowl drunk driving prevention campaign.
As America’s most watched national sporting event, Super Bowl Sunday will include a lot of game day socializing and parties that often include drinking, which is why NHTSA is urging fans to stay safe by arranging a ride home if they intend on consuming alcohol.
NHTSA’s Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign is encouraging fans and party goers to make plans ahead of time to avoid getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking. Sadly, Super Bowl Sunday has one of the highest drunk driving rates of any day of the year, resulting in countless accidents and deaths that could otherwise have been prevented.
Further, NHTSA’s SaferRide app can help keep drunk drivers off the roads by letting users call a taxi or friend and identify their location for pick-up. The app is available for both Android and Apple devices.
Below are some takeaways from NHTSA’s Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk educational materials:
- Driving drunk is illegal. Before you leave for your Super Bowl party, plan on appointing a sober designated driver who will safely bring you home.
- Keep in mind that alcohol is not the only substance that can prevent you from driving safely. Like many other drugs, marijuana affects a driver’s reaction time. Driving a car is a complex task, and marijuana slows the ability to react to your surroundings, affecting your ability to drive safely.
- Be sure that your designated driver is truly sober. If he or she decided to drink after expecting not to, call a cab or someone else who you know has not been drinking.
- Don’t let your friends drive drunk. Help out in arranging a safe way for them to get home, too.
- When you ride home with your sober designated driver, make sure you both wear your seat belts.
- Remember that walking while impaired can also be dangerous. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
For full access to NHTSA’s campaign materials, click here. In the meantime, if you’re in need of a Burlington County auto accident or workers’ compensation lawyer, call the Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka today at 856-283-0589 for free 24/7 legal advice.