Today, finally, we come to the Super Bowl. For those of us with a favorite team that didn’t make it into the playoffs it seems forever since the end of the regular season.I hope each of you enjoys the game, whether you watch at home, at a friend’s house, or in a sports bar.
One problem caused by the game being scheduled in the evening is the potential for alcohol abuse by fans. So if you’re leaving your home for the game, and you plan to drink, be sure to have a designated driver to get you safely home.Here’s an article on that subject from MADD:
Superbowl Weekend can be a deadly time on America’s roadways. MADD asks all fans to celebrate responsibly and always designate a sober driver if they have been drinking.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) calls on all NFL fans to remember the most important SuperBowl play off the field is the designated driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 67 people were killed in traffic crashes involving a vehicle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher during the 24 hours of SuperBowl 41 in 2007.
“We want to make sure fans aren’t throwing a Hail Mary when it comes to getting home safely,” said Laura Dean-Mooney, MADD’s national president. “The final drive of every SuperBowl game should be a safe, sober one, with a designated driver.”
MADD is also asking the public to support the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving which asks for full implementation of current technologies such as ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, intensive high-visibility law enforcement, exploration and development of advanced vehicle-based technology, and mobilization of grassroots support. Florida, home of this year’s SuperBowl, has passed a mandatory ignition interlock law for all convicted drunk drivers, starting with a high-BAC first-conviction.