AAA Texas is reminding NFL fans who will be watching the Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 2 to have a designated driver.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 940 fatalities related to DUIs across the state in 2018. The total accounted for more than 25% of all traffic-related fatalities in Texas. As it relates to the total number of suspected serious crashes in Texas, 17% involved DUI reportedly.
“Just one alcoholic drink impairs a driver’s judgement, concentration, and ability to interpret situations, signs and signals as well as slows down reaction time,” said AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster. “Marijuana use can also inhibit concentration, slow reaction times and cloud judgment. If you’ve used marijuana don’t drive, and if you plan to drive, don’t use marijuana.”
A DUI conviction could cost a driver their life, family, job, dignity, and money, AAA Texas says.
AAA Texas recommends that party hosts ask all guests to designate a sober drive in advance, keep phone numbers for sober ride services handy, take keys away from impaired partygoers intent on driving, serve protein-rich and starchy foods to slow alcohol absorption, serve coffee and dessert in the third quarter, allow guests to stay overnight if possible, and most importantly do not serve alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age.
Football fans who are party guests or watching the game at a restaurant or bar should designate a sober driver in advance, keep sober ride phone numbers and apps on their cell phones, avoid drinking too much alcohol, call a sober friend or stay the night if possible, never get in a car with an impaired driver, and if driving and encountering an impaired driver, keep a safe distance and ask a passenger to call 911.