It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, America’s most popular sports weekend. This year, national officials predict that millions of people will be gathered around their TV sets at tons of Super Bowl parties. Unfortunately, in addition to team spirit, the weekend of celebration is also one of the deadliest times to be on our roadways. On Super Bowl Sunday, transportation officials estimate that about half of all fatal car accidents in Montgomery and elsewhere will involve a drunk driver.
“Drive drunk, you will go to jail and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will continue to build partnerships designed to reduce the incidence of impaired driving and will work to lower the number of deaths on the roadways and highways in the county,” said District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff Tommy Gage.
Our Montgomery drunk driving car accident lawyers understand that more drunk driving-related car accidents happen on Super Bowl Sunday than during any other day of the year, except New Year’s Day. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) says that nearly 70 percent of people who die because of car accidents on Super Bowl Sunday die in an accident that involves a drunk driver. Residents are asked to prepare themselves for the holiday and the dangerous roadways, and huddle up with friends and family members to discuss safety issues for the big day.
Agencies Involved in this Year’s Drunk Driving Campaigns:
-National Football League (NFL)
-U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT)
-National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
-Highway safety and law enforcement officials nationwide.
Officials have dubbed this year’s enforcement efforts as “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.” Officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers on Sunday, February 5th. These arrests and accidents can be prevented with the proper planning. Everyone who is planning on having a beer, or two, or three is urged to designate a sober driver to get home safely. The NHTSA reports that nearly 200,000 Americans have made the pledge to be a designated driver this season. Be sure you recruit a designated driver of your own to help get you home safely. Thank your designated driver. Offer to chip in with the gas money or pay for their parking. Make sure their non-alcoholic beverage is always full. Give them first dibs at the buffet table and make sure they’ve got a good seat to watch the game. Without these designated drivers on your team, your ride home could wind up deadly.
If you see a driver on our roadways who you believe is drunk on Super Bowl Sunday, you’re urged to contact local authorities with information regarding their vehicle, the direction it’s headed, the color, make and model of the vehicle along with its exact location.
Tips to Help Detect a Drunk Driver:
-Someone who is making excessively wide turns.
-A driver who is drifting or swerving in and out of lanes.
-Coming close to hitting other vehicles or fixed objects.
-Driving at a very slow or fast speed, not consistent with posted speed limit.
-Stopping randomly for no reason.
-Not responding quickly to traffic signals.
-Making illegal turns.
-Driving with no headlights on.
If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in a car accident in Montgomery or in any of the surrounding areas with a drunk driver, contact the personal injury attorneys at Allred & Allred P.C. for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 334.396.9200 to speak with an experienced car accident attorney today.
More Blog Entries:
Reduce Risk of Montgomery Car Accidents — Be a Better Driver in 2012, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, January 4, 2012
MADD’s Annual Campaign Ranking Efforts to Stop Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Alabama, Nation, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, December 15, 2011