Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk

It’s almost time for the Super Bowl LII. When it’s time for the Super Bowl, everyone is a fan! Highway Safety Office, Four Corners Health Department, and law enforcement are huddling up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to urge football fans across the nation that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

Whether you’re throwing a party or just attending one, please make a plan for you, friends, family, and guests, to have a safe ride home. Drunk driving takes one life every 51 minutes in America. On Super Bowl Sunday, we need a team effort to make sure everyone drives sober.

It is illegal everywhere in America to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgement and make driving unsafe. In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle crashes involving drunk drivers. Among those crashes, 67% (7,052) were in crashes where at least one driver had a BAC of .15, almost twice the legal limit! If you drink and drive, your wallet takes a hit too. The average DUI costs about $10,000!

If you plan on drinking:

  • Leave your keys at home so you aren’t tempted to drive.
  • Make a plan that includes a sober driver – a friend or family member who will not be drinking at all.
  • While you are riding, wear your seatbelt. Your seatbelt is your best defense in any vehicle crash.
  • If everyone plans on drinking, take a taxi or other public transportation to and from your destination. The fare is affordable compared to the price of losing a life.
  • Don’t let others drink and drive. Find ways for them to get home safely too.

If you plan on driving:

  • Stay completely sober. Once you are behind the wheel, you are taking other peoples’ lives into your hands.
  • Wear your seat belt and make sure all of your passengers do the same.
  • Brag about yourself on social media! Spread the motto “Fans don’t let fans drive drunk.” Use #designateddriver. People will respond positively and follow you.
  • If someone you know has been drinking, take their keys early. They will thank you later.
  • Even if it takes more than one trip, plan to get everyone home safely.

If you don’t have a designated driver, NHTSA’s SaferRide Mobile App, available in your Apple or Android app store, is a resource to help fans who have been drinking to find a sober ride home. It will identify your location and help to connect you to a local cab company or to a friend to pick you up. If you are hosting a party, make sure your guests have access to a safe ride home.

On average, three people will lose their lives to drunk driving just in the time it takes to watch a football game. Did you know that drunk driving accounts for almost one in every three deaths on our roads each year?

Do your part to help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. For more information on celebrating sober, driving safely, and tips for cutting back on alcohol, contact Four Corners Health Department at (877) 337-3573 or info@fourcorners.ne.gov. You can also find more tips and information about Rethinking Drinking at https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk Campaign.