The Super Bowl is one of the biggest celebrations of the year in most American living rooms, but sadly it is also one of the most tragic days of the year on America’s roadways. According to a report by the California Insurance Commission, Super Bowl Sunday sees a surge of nearly 77% in alcohol–related fatality and injury collisions.
The problem, as Insurance Department spokeswoman Natalie Kincaid observed, is that “most people think ‘I’m just a little buzzed.’ But a little buzzed is drunk, and you’re an impaired driver.”
Forbes recently noted the company BACtrack, which makes smartphone-enabled breathalyzers to monitor blood alcohol content (BAC), recorded its user’s average BAC in 2014 at .091 percent on Super Bowl Sunday. By comparison, on other big drinking days, BACtrack measured average levels of .094 percent on both New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and .090 percent on Cinco de Mayo. The legal BAC limit in Kentucky and Indiana is .08.
Forbes also noted that, with new ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, the number of drunk driving accidents in markets with ride-sharing companies has actually done down.
Despite the availability of new ride-sharing programs, and the obvious fact that drinking leads to impaired driving, still far too many drivers decide to leave Super Bowl parties impaired and end their night in a car wreck. The next time you head out for the big game, be sure to have plans for the post-game, too.
The Poppe Law Firm represents people all over the states of Kentucky and Indiana involved in serious car, truck, semi, and motorcycle wrecks.
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