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Sober is Everyone’s Winning Team

It’s one of the biggest party weekends of the year, coupled with a game with high stakes. Washington State Troopers are warning drivers to be extra careful this Super Bowl weekend.

Trooper Chris Thorson says it’s time to make the driving plan now–ahead of the big game. “We definitely know, nationally, that Super Bowl Sunday is a big drinking game, everybody knows that, we know that, that’s why we want to get out ahead of time. If you plan on drinking any alcohol this Sunday for the big game, please arrange a designated driver to get home.” No excuses.

The WSP is reminding everyone that we all have choices to ensure that our roads and commutes home are safe–no matter who wins! Troopers say that there is no excuse for not planning ahead. In the Tri-Cities, as well as around the state, there are lots of options for anyone to get home safely after drinking on Super Bowl Sunday. Friends, family, designated drivers, taxis, Uber–all of these are part of our own game plan to make sure that no one gets a DUI or in a collision after the big game.

The Highway Patrol and local police will be out on the roads looking for people that are driving impaired. Some of the signs that clue them into an intoxicated driver are swerving all over the road, driving slowly, cutting other cars off, and driving aggressively. Offenses for driving under the influence include fines, penalties, license suspension and possible jail time.

“Our main goal for Super Bowl Sunday, is to have zero DUI collisions and zero DUI arrests, that hopefully means everyone is being responsible and got a ride home after the big game,” said Thorson.

Learn more about avoiding a DUI on Super Bowl Sunday.

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

Whether you’re throwing a Super Bowl party or just attending one, now is the time to strategize and plan out the most important part of your game plan for the big game: a shutdown defense that prevents drunk driving.

Drunk driving kills. It takes a life every 51 minutes in America. On Super Bowl Sunday, we need a team effort to make sure everyone drives sober or has a sober ride home.

Here’s what to do:

Know the Rules: It’s illegal everywhere in America to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Police will pull you over, arrest you, and prosecute you if you drink and drive. Your wallet takes a hit, too; the average DUI costs about $10,000. That doesn’t include the cost of collisions, as there is always a risk for those driving under the influence.

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 the option that will get you home safely.There are several apps available for Apple and Android devices and that can help you connect to a local cab company or a friend who can come pick you up. If you’re hosting, make sure your guests have a safe ride home.

Lean on Your MVP: Encourage guests to be sober designated drivers and highlight them as your party’s Most Valuable Players for stepping up and taking one for the team! You can still have fun without drinking.

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 roads every year? Drunk driving crashes killed 10,265 people in 2015 alone. Your winning play is to never get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. Ever.

Winning Touchdowns

These safety keys to enjoying the game will make sure Super Bowl 52 is remembered for a big win rather than a tragic loss of life due to drunk driving. And, however you or 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.

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Don’t let a drunk driver ruin your life!  Pass these tips along and encourage everyone you know to make smart choices before getting behind the wheel. Let’s ensure we all reach our destinations safely.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle collision due to a drunk driver, contact Fielding Law Group today for a free consultation with one of our legal professionals. Our accident attorneys know exactly how to get you the help and compensation you need to get your life back. Remember–Don’t let an accident WRECK YOU!