America’s unofficial holiday kicks off (pun intended) this Sunday with the New England Patriots facing off against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Although it is unofficial, the Super Bowl often entails as much drinking as St. Patrick’s Day, 4th of July, and New Year’s. Therefore, it goes without saying that Super Bowl Sunday is just as prone to instances drunk driving than those other holidays.
And like many of my previous posts before alcohol-involved holidays, law enforcement will be on the lookout for would-be drunk drivers.
“The California Office of Traffic Safety and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are teaming up with law enforcement across the state for a special Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign to urge all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend and pass the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
Super Bowl fans can expect DUI checkpoints and saturation Patrols throughout Southern California for those who don’t heed the Sheriff’s Department’s advice.
A little planning and you can avoid a California DUI or worse.
Plan on using public transportation. This includes calling a cab, Uber, Lyft and, yes, even catching the bus.
Find a designated driver to hitch a ride with. Make sure that the designated driver actually remains sober. A designated driver who drinks even a little bit should no longer be a designated driver.
Remember it only takes a little alcohol to get a DUI even if the driver is under a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content or they don’t feel intoxicated. So if you’re not sure, don’t risk it.
So whether you put your money on the Falcons of the Patriots, don’t make the gamble by driving drunk. If you lose the bet, it could be your life that you give up.