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NHTSA Encourages Everyone to Drive Safely After Cheering on the NY Giants

Published January 24, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

For the fifth time in franchise history the New York Giants are heading to the Super Bowl after besting the San Francisco 49ers in an exciting overtime win last weekend. More than likely friends and family will be getting together to drink alcohol and cheer their favorite team on to their fourth Super Bowl win. Unfortunately, this can also lead some people to consume more alcohol than they can safely handle.

According to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Americans seem to look for any occasion to overindulge. The CDC found “one in six U.S. adults binge drinks about four times a month,” with some adults binging an average of five or six times a month. The CDC also reports binge drinking, which often occurs during social events, “is a bigger problem than previously thought.”

Our Binghamton car accident attorneys have reported numerous times about the efforts our state law enforcement has taken to crackdown on drunk drivers. We encourage all sports fans in the Binghamton area to drink responsibly and not drink and drive.

Unfortunately, binge drinkers are taking to the highways putting themselves and others at risk. The CDC report indicates that “most alcohol-impaired drivers binge drink.” The New York State Police has worked tirelessly to keep our NY highways safe by setting up sobriety checkpoints, DWI, underage drinking, and speed saturation patrols and preemptive checks of establishments dispensing alcoholic beverages. However, the efforts are falling short.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2010 State Motor Vehicle Fatalities statistics, while alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities declined by 4.9 percent nationwide in 2010, New York saw a 14% increase. In 2009, 364, or 27%, of the 1,158 traffic fatalities were caused by drivers who were impaired by drugs or alcohol. In 2010, the numbers increased to 364 alcohol-related fatalities of the 1,200 total traffic fatalities.

The state’s law enforcement is not giving up their fight. Now that the holiday drive sober campaign is over, the New York State Police will be participating in the NHTSA’s latest impaired driving prevention campaign specifically targeting football fans. The campaign runs until Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 6, 2012. Called “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk,” the campaign pairs the NHTSA with the National Football League and asks that “everyone who plans to drink during the Super Bowl, please call the right play and pass your keys to a designated driver.”

The NHTSA offers the following tips to Super Bowl party attendees to ensure everyone gets home safely:

  • Designate your sober driver before the party begins and leave your car keys at home if you plan to drink.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself—eat enough food, take breaks and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Find unique ways to recognize the designated drivers when you are out at a bar or restaurant:
    • Offer to be the designated driver the next time you go out.
    • Cover the cost for parking or even pay for a tank of gas.
    • Whatever non-alcoholic beverage they are drinking, make sure their glass is always full.
    • Pick up the tab for their food and drink.
  • Before you go out, add the numbers for local cab companies in your cell phone.
  • Always buckle up – it’s your best defense on the road.

Our personal injury attorneys will be cheering for the New York Giants, and look forward to a good game. We ask that anyone else who cheers for the team takes the appropriate steps to see that you and your loved ones and friends get home safely. Please designate a sober driver if you have had too much to drink.

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Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, is a Binghamton accident and injury law firm that handles all types of personal injury and motor vehicle accident cases, including cases involving drunk-driving accidents, wrongful death, cancer misdiagnosis, dog bites, hunting accidents, birth injuries, brain injuries, construction accidents, fall-down injuries and insurance settlements. The firm regularly employs accident reconstruction experts, investigators, photographers and economists to assist in evaluating and preparing personal injury cases.

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