Get ready! Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend!
With the festivities revolving around the unofficial American holiday and our Patriots, drunk driving car accidents in Portland and elsewhere are sure to happen, unfortunately. That's why we're asking all football fans to go out with a plan. Make sure your party activities are planned out before kickoff to help avoid a drunk driving accident or arrest.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there will be more than 150 million football fans sitting in front of a television to catch the big game between the Patriots and the Giants. During this time, fans are expected to consume nearly 350 million gallons of beer. That's enough to fill about nearly 500 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Unfortunately, a lot of that booze will be consumed by fans who are planning on hopping behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after the game. And since the Patriots are in the big game, you can expect a lot of Maine residents to be a part of the celebrations.
Our Portland drunk driving accident attorneys understand that there were more than 10,000 people across the county who died in drunk driving-related traffic accidents in 2010. These types of accident fatalities accounted for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities. On Super Bowl Sunday -- ranked one of the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road -- about half of fatal accidents are the result of alcohol-impaired drivers. Football fans are reminded that officers will be out in full force over the weekend, combing the roadways for alcohol-impaired drivers. Do your part to cheer on our team responsibly by joining the 200,000 people who have already pledged to be a designated driver this season. These pledges were all made as a part of the "Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk" safety Campaign.
The "Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk" campaign coveys a message that responsibility has its rewards. Through this program, NFL teams constantly recognize those who have pledged to be a designated driver. That includes fans of the Patriots.
The Pledge Includes:
-Vowing to never drive drunk.
-Always find a designated driver when you go out drinking.
-Never offer alcohol to someone who is under the age of 21.
-Wear a seat belt during every car ride.
Maine's Bureau of Highway Safety encourages all football fans to have a safe and sober way to get home this Sunday. Those who are planning on drinking need to not plan on driving. A designated driver should be a part of everyone's plans who will be drinking, If for some reason a designated driver is not in your plans, we're hoping that a taxi, hotel or a friend's house are. We hope that everyone enjoys the big day and that the Patriots bring home a win!
If you or a family member has been involved in a car accident in Portland or elsewhere in Maine, contact Peter Thompson & Associates for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-490-5218 to reach an attorney in our Portland or Bangor offices today.
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