The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched its annual Super Bowl traffic safety message with the slogan “Fans don’t let fans drive drunk.”
Highway safety and law enforcement officials are teaming up with NHTSA for a special reminder prior to the game this Sunday, February 4. Together, they are urging football fans across the nation to designate a sober driver before the game begins and to look out for fellow fans.
In all states, drivers are considered alcohol-impaired if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drunk driving can be deadly, and even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgement to make driving unsafe. In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers. Among the 10,497 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 67% (7,052) were in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC of .15, almost twice the legal limit.
NHTSA’s SaferRide Mobile App helps fans who have been drinking to find a sober ride home by identifying their location and helping to call a taxi or a friend to pick them up.
Designated drivers are encouraged to tweet @NHTSAgov during Super Bowl LII to be featured on NHTSA’s National Wall of Fame.