Safety is the US Department of Transportation’s top priority. We’re asking you to join our team as we put this principle into action by fighting drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday.
Whether you’re quarterbacking your team’s Super Bowl party or just on the receiving end of an invitation, you need a winning strategy for the big game: a shutdown defense against drunk driving. This afternoon from 3-4 p.m.ET, we’ll give you a sneak peek at our playbook during our Super Bowl “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” Twitter chat. We’ll share tips to combat drunk driving and field your questions when you use the hashtag #DontDriveDrunk.
Drunk driving kills. It takes a life every 51 minutes in America. Last year, on Super Bowl Sunday, 69 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes.
For Super Bowl LI, we need a team effort to make sure everyone drives sober. Here are a few of the keys to the game:
Know the Rules: It’s illegal everywhere in America to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. If you drink and drive, you won’t get hit with a yellow flag; you’ll get pulled over, arrested, and prosecuted. Your wallet takes a hit too; the average DUI costs about $10,000.
Play It Safe: When it comes to safe ride choices, you’ve got more options than the wishbone offense. From buses and trains to car services and designated drivers, connect with an option that will get you home safely. NHTSA even has an app for that that—SaferRide—which is available for Apple [external link]and Android[external link] devices and can connect you to a local cab company or with a friend who can come pick you up. If you’re hosting the party, make sure your guests have safe rides home.
Lean on Your MVP: Encourage guests to be sober designated drivers and name them your party’s Most Valuable Players for stepping up.
Know the Score: You already know that, on average, three people will lose their lives to drunk driving just in the time it takes to watch the football game. But did you know that drunk driving accounts for almost one of every three deaths on our nation’s roads every year? In 2015 alone, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes. Your winning play is to never drive drunk or to ride with a driver who has been drinking.
These keys to the game will make sure Super Bowl LI is remembered for a big win rather than a tragic loss of life due to drunk driving. And however you and your guests travel on Super Bowl Sunday, always buckle up. Your seat belt is your best defense in any vehicle crash.
We hope it’s a great game and that you enjoy it—safely—with friends and family. Remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.