This Super Bowl weekend, beware of drunk drivers

This weekend, football fans across the country will be tuning in to watch the biggest game of the year. Super Bowl weekend is something that people look forward to all season; even people who aren’t fans of football get excited about the performances, parties and even the commercials that play during the game.

The Super Bowl is also an event during which people do a lot of drinking. With this in mind, we want to remind our readers to stay safe this weekend and do whatever you can to avoid drunk driving. Sadly, Super Bowl weekend is a time of year when many people are hurt or killed in a drunk driving crash.

If you plan on drinking during the Super Bowl, the best thing you can do is to plan ahead for your ride home. This can include getting a ride from a friend, taking a taxi, spending the night at someone’s house or utilizing public transportation options. These are also options for people who may have had more to drink than they expected and need a last-minute solution.

It can also be wise to make sure you are eating when you are drinking. If you are having people over to watch the game, serve food, have non-alcoholic options available and keep an eye out for people who have had too much to drink so you can stop them from driving home.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Office of Tennessee is even taking steps this year to incentivize sober driving plans. It recently announced that people who put their plans for sober rides this weekend on Twitter followed by ┬áthe hashtag #TNSoberSB50 will be eligible to win prizes. The goal is to make sober driving a conversation between peers and not just a message coming from government agencies.

We hope that everyone has a safe weekend this weekend. However, if you don’t and you are injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you will want to discuss your legal options to pursue compensation with an attorney.

Source: Local 8, “State officials encourage safe celebrating for Super Bowl Sunday,” Feb. 5, 2016