Football game days see an increase in impaired driving as fans leave stadiums, sports bars, and parties after consuming too much alcohol while watching the game. With some reports indicating a 13 percent rise in DUI arrests on game days and as much as a 41 percent increase in DUI-related fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday, every fan needs to do his or her part to stop crashes after games. Other motorists should also be aware of added collision risks and should consider following some basic safety guidelines to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe from car accidents.
Top Tips to Prevent Louisville Car Accidents in Football Season
Whether cheering on the Tennessee Titans or Indianapolis Colts or catching a Big East college football game at a friend’s house or bar, prevention of car accidents centers on drinking responsibly. The NFL is taking steps to try to change the way fans consume alcohol at games. Some of the NFL’s efforts include shorter tailgating hours, and recommending or requiring Fan Conduct Courses for fans who are ejected from stadiums for inappropriate behavior. There are already eight stadiums where fans who are ejected are required to take a Conduct Course, which includes details about responsible alcohol consumption, before being allowed to come back to games. The NFL’s best practices for fan safety includes a recommendation all stadiums adopt this approach, according to USA Today.
Despite the NFL’s push towards preventing dangerous drunken behavior on game days, many fans continue to become intoxicated. ABC News warned one in 12 people leaving football games are too drunk to drive. People who tailgate are 14 times as likely as others who attend the games to have a blood alcohol concentration over .08 percent BAC, which is the legal limit.
If you are going to tailgate, pace yourself and avoid drinking too much. One in four tailgaters consumed five or more drinks before the game according to surveys, which is considered binge drinking and which can cause you to become so impaired you make unsafe choices about getting home from the game. Before you start drinking anything on game day, be sure you have a solid plan on how to get home including having a designated driver and a backup like calling a taxi.
While football fans ultimately are responsible for making sure they do not drink after games, other motorists can also try to avoid areas around stadiums when big games are being played and can be watchful for signs there are drivers on the road who are drunk. If you encounter an impaired driver while you are out, you should call the police and give them details they need to investigate the potential threat to safety.
With a concerted effort from football fans and other motorists on the road, hopefully everyone can get through football season safely and have a good time enjoying the game without causing injuries to themselves or to others.