Game Day Drinking And Driving Safety

Tips for staying safe while drinking during football season.

The end of the summer season often brings with it the end of many of our favorite seasonal activities-weekends spent lounging on the beach, nights out with friends who are home from college for the summer, long family vacations with good drinks and delicious food. However, as hard as it is to say goodbye to some of these summer activities, the fall season brings along its own share of exciting activities and events each and every year.

One particular activity that people look forward to each fall is the start of football season. Whether you are watching your alma matter with friends at a backyard barbeque, tailgating with fellow students off at college, or catching Monday Night Football at your local bar, there is no shortage of fun and excitement that comes with football season.

Unfortunately, along with the thrill and enjoyment that can accompany a weekend football game, there is also a dangerous amount of drinking and driving that occurs during this popular sporting season. And it’s no accident-fall football weekends and Monday night football games are huge sale times for all types of beverages, but especially alcohol.

In fact, in 2009 the University of Colorado conducted a study that found that college football home games were linked to a 13% increase in DWI arrests in the areas surrounding the game. But that’s not all-Another study conducted by the University of Minnesota found that 8% of fans at college football games recorded a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level above the legal limit of 0.08, with fans under the age of 35 being nine times more likely to be legally drunk after the game as opposed to those around them.

Given the fact that college and professional football games prompt events such as backyard football barbeques, tailgating parties, bar viewing parties, etc., it is not difficult to see why so many drinking and driving incidents happen following football games.

Luckily, there are many things that you can do to ensure that you and your friends have a safe, enjoyable football season without any DWI charges. Here are just a few ways to keep from getting in trouble:

  • Match every drink of alcohol with a glass of water to keep your blood alcohol content lower.
  • If you are tailgating outside in the hot weather, remember that drinking in the heat is a dangerous combination. Do not over-intoxicate yourself and make sure that you are consuming lots of water to stay hydrated.
  • If you are hosting a football party, stock up on non-alcohol drinks and food to prevent your guests from becoming too intoxicated.
  • If you know that you are going to be drinking significantly, be sure to set up a designated driver to get you home safely.

If you do find yourself charged for driving while intoxicated (DWI) following game day, it is important that you contact an experienced DWI lawyer to assist with your case. Not only can a DWI lawyer help to ensure that your rights are upheld and you are receiving fair sentencing, but they can also help to fight against unfair charges whenever they are present.

Do not let a DWI charge damper your fun during football season. Contact The Wilder Firm today to get your case put behind you once and for all.