As the excitement and hype of the Super Bowl gets into full swing, one thing that may not be on people’s minds is buzzed driving. However, 11,773 people were killed in 2008 in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. A buzzed driving crash can happen to anyone, anywhere, no matter which team they are rooting for.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Ad Council are continuing their efforts with their “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” PSA campaign. Buzzed drivers drink and drive, but do not consider themselves a hazard on the roadway because they have had “only a few” drinks. An extension of the “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk” effort, the campaign aims to educate people that consuming even one too many drinks can impair driving and that “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”
So amid all the hype and discussion about the Colts and Saints, we hope that you can fit in a quick message to your readers, and remind them of these easy tips to help prevent buzzed driving:
- Designate a sober driver or be prepared to find a safe ride home for your guests
- Be ready to take alternate transportation, such as a bus or taxi. Have the phone number of a taxi service stored in your phone before you leave for the party.
Help spread this message before the Super Bowl, a traditionally big day for drinking, by posting about the dangers of buzzed driving. Your readers can find more information (and ask questions) on the Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving Twitter feed (@buzzeddriving) and on Facebook to get the latest updates and news.
You can also visit the Buzzed Driving website where readers can sign a pledge not to drive buzzed, play an interactive game that demonstrates the difference between being buzzed and drunk, and hear a personal story from someone who has been affected by buzzed driving.