With the Super Bowl around the corner, a dwindling number of teams are hoping for their moment in the championship sun. For fans at the game and those choosing to stay in the house or celebrate at the home of friends or family, if only to see the famed commercials, sound decision-making pre-, and post-revelry could make a significant difference.
On average, United States football fans consume approximately 325.5 million gallons of beer on the last day of pro football season.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that the defacto national holiday is also a day and night where DUI arrests seem to be more of the rule than the exception. Findings from 2005 to 2019 reveal that the riskiest driving occurs between 6:00 (or a half-hour prior to game time) to 7:00 pm EST, with an average of 104 fatal accidents nationwide.
With the game ending between 10 and 11 pm, another round of fatal crashes usually results in an average of 95 deaths. That particular spike likely involves drivers who are exhausted, tired, or both.
When the evening ends with libations to celebrate the victory or lament the loss, 42 percent of fatal crashes will see drivers getting behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content exceeding 0.08 percent. While Monday sees a drop in traffic-related deaths to 25 percent, that statistic is still two percent higher than any other Monday in February.
Of more interest is the fact that the Saturday before the fight over the Lombardi trophy sees more deadly crashes than on the big day.
The tragic trend continues to grow. The NHTSA estimates that close to 40,000 people lost their lives in 2020 due to drunk driving, the highest number since 2007.
Being pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving does not mean that a conviction is automatic. Help from a skilled DUI defense attorney can help minimize or eliminate your serious legal problem.