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Louisianans reminded to plan for sober ride Super Bowl Sunday

This coming Sunday, many Louisianans will gather together and huddle around their televisions to watch the Super Bowl. While beer and other alcoholic beverages are likely to be enjoyed at many Super Bowl parties, football enthusiasts would be wise to designate a sober driver or call a cab.

Each year, drunk driving accidents claim thousands of lives. This year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began a campaign called Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk. The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving in hopes that people will be smart and opt to designate a sober driver or call a cab when heading home.

Even individuals who consume a seemingly small amount of alcohol may be too impaired to safely drive. Alcohol, even in small quantities, can negatively affect a driver's reaction time, vision and ability to focus. Individuals who have consumed alcohol prior to driving often perform poorly on road tests and tend to overestimate their driving abilities.

Game enthusiasts who believe their ride home from a Super Bowl party has been drinking should discourage the driver from driving and find an alternative way home. Additionally, drivers who suspect that another driver on the road has been drinking, should call 911 to report the suspect driver and vehicle.

Individuals who have been injured in car accidents caused by drunk drivers may want to consider pursing legal action. The negligent acts of a drunk driver may cause other drivers and passengers to suffer permanent and painful injuries. A personal injury claim can help recover compensation related to medical costs and lost wages.

Source: SurfKY, "Be the MVP of Safe and Responsible Driving on Super Bowl Sunday," Kentucky State Police, Jan. 31, 2013

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