As people prepare to gather this Sunday to celebrate Super Bowl LVIII, AAA East Central is urging party-goers and party hosts to plan ahead to keep everyone safe this weekend. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol impaired traffic fatalities often spike on holidays and popular drinking days like Super Bowl Sunday. 

In 2021, there were 13,384 traffic deaths involving drunk driving. 

“Even small amounts of alcohol can impair your judgment and make driving unsafe,” says Terri Rae Anthony, safety advisor for AAA East Central. “Drinking and driving is not a game. It’s a deadly combination, it’s a crime and it’s 100% preventable.”

Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is illegal, according to AAA. 

AAA East Central has the following advice to avoid drinking and driving on game day: 

  • Make plans to arrive safely. If alcohol is consumed, select a designated driver or use public transportation or rideshare service.
  • Be a responsible host. Take car keys from guests as they arrive and don’t let them drive impaired. Compile a list of phone numbers for local cab companies and rideshare services should guests need a safe way home.
  • Be a party MVP. Volunteer to be a designated driver. Let loved ones know when the party ends, they have a safe, sober ride home.
  • Obey the law. Do not serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
  • Consider an overnight stay. If attending a party at a friend’s house, consider asking to stay overnight. If participating in festivities in a downtown or commercial area, try to find a hotel within walking distance.
  • Don’t drive hungover. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, hangover symptoms peak when the blood alcohol concentration in the body returns to near zero. Symptoms like fatigue, headaches, nausea and sleep deprivation can last 24 hours or longer.
  • Always buckle up. Seat belts are the best defense if there is a crash.

More information can be found on AAA's website