Florida may not be playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday, but that doesn’t mean residents aren’t going to celebrate the unofficial holiday — Super Bowl Sunday. With the big football weekend approaching, the City of North Miami Beach, Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition and the National Football League (NFL) would like to remind drivers to stay safe and to stay sober. Super Bowl weekend is ranked as one of the most deadly times on our roadways. Many are expected to die in car accidents in Miami and elsewhere throughout the state. Most of these traffic accidents are expected to be alcohol-related.
Our Miami drunk driving car accident lawyers understand that more than 175,000 Americans have pledged to be a sober driver this season. We’re asking you to take the pledge and join the fight for safer roadways nationwide. If you’ll be drinking in celebration of Super Bowl Sunday, we’re asking everyone to make sure that they have a sober way to get home, whether it’s designating a driver, taking a cab, using public transportation or even staying at a friend’s house.
In 2010, there were nearly 10,100 people who were killed in traffic accidents that involved a drunk driver. To help to reduce the risks of a drunk driving accident during Super Bowl Sunday, everyone needs to huddle up and designate a driver. Your designated driver needs to promise to not drink any alcoholic beverages during the game. That person should also be over the age of 21 and have a valid driver’s license.
The City of North Miami Beach is reminding people of the immense costs of drunk driving accidents. You not only run the risk of injuring or killing an innocent person, but you also run the risk of losing your driver’s license, having higher insurance rates, shelling out money for vehicle repair costs, forking over thousands of dollars in medical bills, paying fees and fines for court costs and spending long hours in a drunk driving course. This could all be avoided by practicing a little bit of responsibility.
A majority of Florida residents will be out and about celebrating the big game. Before you head out, we are asking you to run through a checklist to make sure you’re prepared for the game and that you’ve got a safe way home.
If you’re heading out to watch the Super Bowl:
-Before you leave your house, make sure you’ve got a designated driver who has agreed to stay sober.
-Leave your car keys at home to avoid temptation.
-It’s never a good idea to consume too much alcohol in too short amount of time. This is a recipe for disaster.
-Make sure you eat plenty of food to help make sure you don’t over-drink.
-Find ways to compensate your designated driver for their commitment by offering to pay for gas, parking, making sure they’re comfortable and that they have a good seat to watch the game. After all, they are helping to save lives.
-Before you head out for the big game, make sure that you write down some number of taxi companies around the area just in case.
-Whenever you get into the vehicle, buckle up.
Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk! We wish you a Happy Super Bowl Sunday!
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an alcohol-related traffic accident in Miami or elsewhere in South Florida, contact Freeman, Mallard, Gonzalez & Sharp to discuss your rights. Call us for a free consultation at 1-800-561-7777.
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