The Super Bowl has a unique following of fans. Of course, there are those people who are fans of the two teams playing and just plain old professional football fans in general. However, the Super Bowl attracts more than just football lovers. Surprisingly, there are some folks who tune into the game just to watch the commercials. They could care less about the game itself. Then there are those people that enjoy the half-time show. However, one of the most popular reasons people watch the Super Bowl is because it is a great reason to get together with friends and family and have a party! At most Super Bowl parties, the game comes second to the excessive spread of food and beverages. Probably the most surprising thing about the Super Bowl is that it is one of the most dangerous days to be on the roadways.
You may have heard, but the number of automobile accidents rises quite dramatically after the big game. While it may sound like an old wives’ tale, it turns out that it is true. In 2003, researchers at the University of Toronto found a 40 percent increase in motor vehicle collisions in the hours after the Super Bowl. The accident rate in the first hour after the game jumped 70 percent. The reason of course, for the rise in accidents, has been linked to alcohol consumption. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest drinking “holidays” of the year. The Super Bowl ranks right up there with New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Cinco de Mayo, Thanksgiving Eve, and even Valentine’s Day as holidays where people are mostly likely to drink to excess and drive. Alcohol is the biggest factor when it comes to the increase in accidents on Super Bowl Sunday, but it is not the only factor. Other contributory factors include driver fatigue from staying up late to watch the end of the game, night-time driving, winter weather conditions and driver distraction.
The good news is that accidents caused by drivers who under the influence of alcohol are preventable. Keep these tips in mind to make sure that you have a memorable but safe Super Bowl:
- Ride shares: Leave your car keys at home and arrange to have a ride share service like Uber or Lyft pick you and take you home from the party.
- Designate a sober driver: Arrange ahead of time for someone to take you home, or better yet, have that person take you to the party as well.
- Stay off the roads: Since the most dangerous time to be on the roadways is the few hours after the game, try not to be on the roads during that time if you can at all avoid it, even if you are sober.
If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence on Super Bowl Sunday, it is important to contact our seasoned Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys at your earliest opportunity. DUI is a serious offense in the state of Oklahoma. Even first-time offenders can face serious consequences if found guilty. Do not make the mistake of representing yourself or accepting whatever deal the State’s Attorney happens to throw your way. At The Handley Law Center, our team of skilled Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys will advise you of your rights and determine what defenses you may have to beat the charges. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our experienced Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. You can trust The Handley Law Center to provide you with aggressive representation.