New Orleans, LA- This was the most watched Super Bowl in television history maybe because of the half-time show, or the battle between two brothers to become the reigning king of football.
Whatever their reasons, millions tuned in however the biggest news coming out of New Orleans is the Ravens victory but the 34 minute blackout at the Superdome. While this was a serious problem, extending the game and boring the viewers as well as raising questions about the soundness of our power grid, another problem associated with the Super Bowl that doesn’t get much coverage is drunk driving.
Super Bowl Sunday is marked by house parties, crowded bars as fans gather to watch their favorite sport. And drinking often goes hand in hand with the biggest night of football. There is nothing wrong with drinking even if get so blitzed you blackout, though you’ll pay for it later, as long as you don’t drive. But too often people leave the tailgate parties and bars after the big game when they are way too drunk to drive and sometimes it ends in tragedy.
According to AAA, drunk driving jumps by 75 percent before and after the Super Bowl, more than any other Sunday in January and February, so the NFL drinking problem isn’t just with the players. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2011, impaired driving caused 36 percent of all traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday in 2011.
Knowing this, police agencies all across the country increase their DUI patrols across the country. It’s one of those , like the Fourth of July, that police plan on being on increasing their patrols and set up road blocks to catch drunk drivers. And they often see a dramatic increase in drunk drivers on this important Sunday.
Even just one beer or one shot of tequila can put you over the legal limit, which is .08 in most states. Getting charged with a DUI is just the beginning of your problems and you could very well find yourself in jail for next year’s Super Bowl if you don’t get a good DUI attorney.
Threat of incarceration is just one issue with a DUI; there are other many others you will have to deal with ruining the jubilation of the big game. The worst problem a DUI offender faces is losing their license which can be as little as 3 months or as long as a year. If you have more than one DUI under your belt you could lose your license for longer, depending on your level of intoxication and number of offenses.
DUIs are expensive, on top of the attorney fees you will have to pay fines, pay for alcohol education classes and maybe even have an ignition interlock device installed in your car which requires an additional monthly fee. A DUI conviction can end up costing the offender several thousand dollars.
The Super Bowl is an American tradition, with the exception or the blackout, but revelers should make certain that DUIs aren’t.