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Drunk Driving Accidents a Southwest Florida Risk on Super Bowl Sunday

The big day is here — And in addition to fun, football and fellowship, you should remember that Super Bowl Sunday is among the most dangerous day of the year when it comes to drunk driving accidents.

On February 3rd, residents from around the state will gather around their televisions to cheer on their favorite team, whether it’s the San Francisco 49ers or the Baltimore Ravens. With this American tradition, we’ve got the grills turned up, the faces painted and the drinks on ice.
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol-related accidents cost the country more than $35 billion each and every year. More than 10,000 lose their lives. We lose someone in these careless accidents every 51 minutes!

Our Cape Coral drunk driving accident attorneys encourage all Southwest Floridians to celebrate responsibly this Sunday! The important thing to remember is that we all need to be a team player and designate a sober driver. “Fans don’t let fans drive drunk.”

Before heading out to your Super Bowl Sunday destination, make sure that you’ve got yourself a designated driver if you plan on drinking. This is something you need to figure out before your start your night. It’s also important for you to remember that a designated driver isn’t the one who is the least drunk. A sober driver is someone who has consumed absolutely no alcohol!

If you’ve been drinking and you don’t have yourself a driver — Don’t worry! There are other ways that you can get home safely without having to get behind the wheel. Read the following before heading out to make sure you have a plan.

Safe Ways to Get Home:

-Designate a sober driver before heading out. Make sure that there is an agreement that there will be no alcohol consumed by this individual.

-Call a cab. Keep taxi numbers in your purse and wallet. Cabs can help you to get where you need to be without having to drive. Offer cab numbers to those who you think could use the help, too!

-Reach out to a friend or family member. See if someone you know, who is sober, can offer you a ride.

-Consider using public transportation. You can always use the bus system to get you home. Just make sure you know the bus routes and the times of these routes. We don’t want you waiting at the bus stop all night.

-Sleep it off. If you can’t find a safe and sober way to get home consider getting a hotel room or staying over at a friend or family member’s house. We’re sure they have a spare bedroom or even a vacant couch.

Although roughly 10,000 people die every year from alcohol-related car accidents, it’s important to remember that each and every one of these accidents are preventable. Be safe, be responsible and enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday!

Call Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. 1-800-283-2900.

More Blog Entries:

Florida: One of the Deadliest for Drunk Driving Car Accidents, Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, December 30, 2012

Football & Fall in Southwest Florida: Stay Safe and Don’t Drink and Drive, Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, September 21, 2012