On football game days, there are more arrests for impaired driving than other days of the year. The Department of Transportation in one state reported 13 percent more arrests for DWI when a football game is played. With more drunk drivers, there is a greater potential for car accidents.
Football fans and other motorists on the road should be aware of the added dangers of car accidents, whether leaving Owen Field after a Sooners game or after watching the Dallas Cowboys a local bar. Fans and drivers on the road can all take some steps to try to reduce the chances of accidents happening and causing serious or fatal injuries.
How to Prevent an Accident After a Football Game
Football fans who attend games at stadiums or at the homes of friends should avoid driving impaired themselves, and should help to prevent others from driving drunk. Fans should:
- Line up a designated driver prior to consuming any alcohol. Most fans who drink while watching a game end up having three or more drinks, which will generally be enough to put you over-the-limit. Don’t assume you can have just one drink and drive home.
- Avoid tailgating or make sure you have alternative beverages. According to ABC, tailgating football fans are 14 times as likely to leave a game drunk as compared with other fans who do not tailgate. Many tailgaters spend hours in parking lots before football games, with little to do but consume alcohol.
- Make sure friends who you are watching the game with do not drive drunk. If you see someone who has consumed too much alcohol, take away their keys and offer to help them to find a sober ride home.
Other drivers on the roads who know the added risks can also be proactive in trying to prevent injuries and fatalities caused by drunk drivers. Motorists should:
- Drive assertively. Be on the lookout for what others around you are doing so you can spot someone who may not be in full control of his or her vehicle.
- Contact law enforcement if you see someone who you suspect is impaired by alcohol. You should try to provide as much information as you can, including the license plate of the vehicle and the location of the vehicle being driven by the suspected drunk driver.
- Stay a safe distance away from any motorist who appears to be driving impaired. You do not want to put yourself in harm’s way when another driver looks to be unable to maintain his lane or to otherwise be engaged in dangerous behavior.
- Drive the speed limit and avoid distractions. If you are going slower, you can stop sooner if a drunk driver pulls out into your path. You’ll also be able to see an impaired driver coming at you more easily if you are not on your phone at the time.
- Try to avoid going near stadiums and sports bars on game day. Not only can you avoid getting involved in a crash with an impaired driver, but you can also stay out of heavy traffic caused by games.
Ultimately, it is the job of every driver to stay sober and avoid hurting others- but even sober motorists can take these steps to try to protect themselves and their loved ones.