Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) January 29, 2015
Each year, thousands of people travel to Las Vegas specifically for the Super Bowl. Lavish football-themed parties compliment the already festive atmosphere of the city at the ideal time of year to visit. But whether you are watching the game in person at Arizona's University of Phoenix Stadium, or you are watching on a friend's couch in your home town or you are traveling to Las Vegas to watch the game on a massive high-definition screen at a resort, Las Vegas Attorney Al Lasso, of Lasso Injury Law, reminds you to have a designated driver and to be extra cautious when you are driving on Super Sunday.
"If you are one of the lucky people who actually gets to go to the game or you are watching on TV like most people, be aware that drunk driving is a particularly serious threat on Super Sunday. People leave the events they are attending and many of them have been drinking for several hours during the game," Lasso says. "If you plan to drink, plan a safe way home with a taxi, designated driver or some other way that keeps you from getting behind the wheel. And if you are going to be driving sober, be aware that there may be more drunk drivers on the road than usual after the game."
Lasso's warnings are supported by several media reports. According to this January 16, 2015 Chris Kudialis article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal "NHP launches Super Bowl drunk driving crackdown," Las Vegas area police typically make between 60 to 70 DUI arrests during the weekends surrounding the game and will have DUI checkpoints set up throughout the area during the game and the entire weekend. The Super Bowl, along with New Years, St. Patrick's Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, requires such checkpoints because the number of drunk drivers increases in the city. However, across the nation, drunk driving is a major problem throughout the year but especially on Super Bowl Sunday.
In January 27, 2015's "Sunday is the Super Bowl of drunk driving, crash data show" Los Angeles Times reporter Jerry Hirsch states that there is definite reason to be extra concerned about safety on Super Sunday. A new study by the Auto Club shows that the odds of being involved in a car crash related to drunk driving is as high as double on Super Bowl Sunday when compared with other Sundays throughout the year in Southern California. Though the information is local to Southern California, there is plenty of evidence demonstrating that the problem plagues the nation.
This press release from MADD, published on January 30, 2013, indicates that the problem of drunk driving around the weekend of the Super Bowl is not a new phenomenon nor is it isolated to any one region. The release states that "on Super Bowl Sunday in 2011, 43 percent of all traffic fatalities involved a drunk driver compared to 31 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year" nationwide.
"There is no reason to believe that trends will change this year unless everyone commits themselves to keeping the roads safe," Lasso says. "We have to all do our part and Lasso Injury Law is taking this opportunity to remind the public about safety every day of the year including on Super Bowl Sunday. Wherever you are watching the game, make safety a priority. And if you are the victim of an irresponsible driver, call Lasso Injury Law and we will fight for justice and compensation on your behalf."