Super Bowl LIII is just around the corner, and Alaskans are gearing up for the "most watched sporting event in the world." For many of us, the Super Bowl is an important tradition. It's a time when we get to spend the whole day relaxing with family and friends--where the only activities are eating, drinking and watching the game.
However, when you're mindlessly sipping beer over the course of the day, it can be easy to lose track of how much you've had to drink--and the effect it has on your impairment. For this reason, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the drunkest days of the year. Drunk driving accidents surge on this day--turning an otherwise happy event into a tragic one for many.
It's important to remember that it's illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher. For most of us, that's the equivalent of just a couple drinks. Drunk driving accidents can lead to serious injury--or even death--of yourself and others. It can also get you a criminal record, not to mention court costs--which cost on average $10,000.
If you're planning to attend a viewing part this Sunday, arrange ahead of time how you'll get home. You can:
- Plan to stay sober on game day,
- Arrange for a sober friend to give you a ride home,
- Spend the night at the party host's house--and drive home in the morning or
- Take the bus or a rideshare home.
In addition, if you notice someone driving erratically (swerving, driving too fast/slowly), find a safe place to call 9-1-1. Be prepared to report the driver's location, behavior and license plate number.
If a negligent driver causes you injury on game day, it's important to get in touch with an experienced car accident attorney right away. You have the right to seek compensation for your pain and suffering.