The big game — Super Bowl XLVI — is this weekend when our very own New York Giants take on the New England Patriots. The game is at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday the 5th. While this is an exciting time for residents throughout the state, it’s also a dangerous time to be driving. Super Bowl Sunday brings significantly higher risks for car accidents in New York. As a matter of fact, statistics have shown it is one of the deadliest times to be on our roadways.
To help to combat the dangers of drunk driving on New York roadways, New York State Police will be conducting weekend-long enforcement efforts. Police in Troop D recently announced their three-day effort to bust these drivers over the entire Super Bowl Weekend. The campaign starts Friday the 3rd and will continue through Sunday the 5th, according to Madison County New York News.
Our New York drunk driving car accident lawyers are asking all football fans to plan their Super Bowl events before the big game starts. This means that those who intend to drink need to find a designated driver to get them home safely or they need to find a safe place to stay. Whatever you do, we’re asking you not to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. State officers will be looking to nab you before you cause a potentially fatal accident. In 2010, there were more than 10,225 people who were killed in drunk driving accidents across the country. These accidents accounted for more than 30 percent of all traffic fatalities. On Super Bowl Sunday, drunk driving accidents typically account for more than 50 percent of all of the accident fatalities.
Officers throughout the state will be looking for drunk drivers this weekend. To avoid an arrest or even an accident, plan ahead and find a safe and sober way home.
“I commend our partners in the law enforcement community for their commitment to ensuring the safety of all motorists in New York State,” said Commissioner David J. Swarts with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC).
This year, there have been more than 175,000 people who have vowed to be a designated driver over the football season, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While more than 130 million people are expected to gather in front of a television set for the big game, that’s not enough designated drivers to cover everyone. For the remainders, we’re asking that if you’re going to drink that you get a taxi cab, stay at a friend’s house, call a sober family member to get you or grab a hotel room. Your decision can help save lives.
We’d like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Super Bowl Sunday. And one more thing — GO GIANTS!!!
If you, a friend or a family member has been injured or killed in an alcohol-related car accident in New York City or in any of the surrounding areas, contact personal injury lawyer Nicholas Rose for consultation about your rights. To make a free and confidential appointment call 1-877-313-ROSE (7673).
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