Super Bowl Sunday is a time when many Americans gather together to watch the biggest football game of the year. Many homeowners have house parties to which they invite their friends and families over to sit around the television and root for their favorite teams and laugh at or critique the new commercials that debut. It is also a time where yummy food is served and alcoholic drinks are consumed.

Not only do these activities occur on this day, but it is also a day when many fans party too hard and drive home drunk. Because of this well known drunken driving day, Georgia law enforcement increased their efforts to crackdown on DUIs this past Super Bowl XLVII. Leading up to the big game, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety urged drivers to download a free smartphone app called “Drive Sober, Georgia.”

No game, or anything, for that matter, ever gives a driver permission to get behind the wheel intoxicated. “We don’t think there’s ever an excuse to drive impaired in Georgia, but with this app, we know there won’t be an excuse to drive impaired,” said Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. This app helped intoxicated drivers because it did the following:

  • Provided a list of sober rides for free
  • Provided a list of paid rides
  • Provided contact information for AAA and Budweiser “Tow-to-Go” service (AAA tows the car and the driver rides in the tow truck to a safe location, up to 10 miles)

There are no excuses for driving drunk on Super Bowl Sunday or any day because there are always other safe ways to get home including:

  • Designate a sober driver ahead of time
  • Eat plenty of food when drinking to absorb the alcohol and pace yourself
  • If you didn’t designate a driver and ended up drinking too much, call a friend, family member, or cab to come get you
  • Stay the night or as long as you can until you can drive sober

If you hosted a Super Bowl party, it is essential that you protected yourself and innocent Georgia DUI victims by not letting your guests drive home drunk. Hopefully, you took these steps, including:

  • Served plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Stopped serving alcohol during the third quarter of the game
  • Served coffee during the fourth quarter
  • Ensured your guests designated sober drivers
  • Didn’t let your guests drive home drunk and took their keys away if they were intoxicated
  • Allowed your intoxicated guests to stay over or arranged a way for them to get home safely
  • Helped them download the smartphone app to find a safe ride

If you were hurt by a drunk driver in Atlanta, you need to speak with a skilled Atlanta DUI victim attorney immediately. You may be entitled to a financial recovery from the drunken driver and possibly the host of the party or sports bar that served the driver too much alcohol and allowed him or her to drive home drunk. The Law Offices of Shane Smith will provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation at 770-HURT-999 today.

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