Super Bowl Sunday is almost here. On February 2, 2020, the Kansas City Chiefs will be competing against the San Francisco Forty-Niners in Super Bowl LIV at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Alongside holidays such as New Year’s Eve, Independence Day, and St. Patrick’s Day, Super Bowl Sunday has one of the highest rates of DUI arrests across the United States.
Super Bowl Sundays and DUI Arrests
The Automobile Club of Southern California conducted a 9-year-long study analyzing drunken driving-related crashes resulting in injuries on Super Bowl Sundays as compared to other Sundays. Their research showed that these DUI crashes involving injury were 41% more likely to occur on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other Sundays in January or February. Additionally, the study showed that New Year’s Eve was the only night of the year with a higher rate, with a 44% increase.
Data from Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS) – which analyzes the drinking behavior of approximately 530,000 repeat DUI offenders, found that drinking violations by repeat drunk drivers increased an average of 22% nationwide on Super Bowl Sunday, compared to the average Sunday.
Tips for Super Bowl Sunday
Have a plan. Arrange for a designated driver or a ride share service (Uber, Lyft, Via, etc.) if you intend on drinking and traveling on the roadways. Consider sleeping over at a friend’s house if you are watching the game there.
Be aware. Law enforcement will be out in numbers. Police will be actively looking for bad driving in order to facilitate a DUI investigation. As an additional precaution, you should expect potential DUI Roadblocks in certain areas.
If you are stopped and investigated for DUI, you need to know what to do.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for driving under the influence, contact the law firm of W. Scott Smith at 404.581.0999 today for a free case evaluation. You’ll find a local Atlanta DUI attorney ready to aggressively fight on your behalf. You can also find out more detailed information about Atlanta laws here.