Football season can result in more people binge drinking, or consuming at least five alcoholic beverages in a single sitting. Football season can also increase the number of people who consume alcohol, as more people attend games or parties to watch games.
Unfortunately, this means that there is an increased risk of intoxicated driving crashes during football season. Preventing crashes is essential to protect motorists and to save lives. If a collision does occur, an accident lawyer in Orlando should be consulted for assistance.
Drunk Driving Risks During Football Season
Researchers studied the impact of college football on crimes related to alcohol use, including impaired driving arrests. The data, published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine from the National Institutes of Health, showed a clear causation.
The researchers studied the number of arrests that occurred over a period of 30 days to determine if football made a difference. The study was conducted in areas with a well-performing Division I NCAA Football team. It included 10 game days, 10 "control days," which were Sundays without games, and holidays.
Over the study period, there were 944 arrests. On Sundays that were game days, an average of 70.3 arrests for alcohol-related crimes took place. On non-game day Sundays in the control group, there were an average of 12.3 alcohol-related arrests. On holidays, there were an average of 11.8 arrests.
On the Sunday game days, the arrests for alcohol crimes also occurred nearer to the stadiums where football games were played than the arrests did on other days.
This data prompted the researchers to determine that college football games made a difference in increasing the incidents of drunk driving and other crimes related to alcohol use. They concluded that there has been some success in reducing drunk driving incidents on holidays because of public education and awareness campaigns and that more needs to be done in order to reduce drinking and driving in football season.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is making an effort to bring down the number of drunk drivers. MADD has announced an ongoing partnership with the National Football League that dates back to 2010. As part of the partnership, representatives attend games, set up informational booths and hand out information. Game attendees are asked to pledge to have a non-drinking designated driver. MADD has helped teams to increase the number of sign-ups by an average of 28 percent annually. The designated driver should be chosen prior to the game starting.
It is important for football fans to have a designated driver and make smart choices on drinking both when attending professional football events and college football events. MADD data shows that 43 percent of accidents in 2012 on Super Bowl Sunday and the early morning after the Super Bowl involved intoxicated driving. This is significantly higher than the 31 percent of accidents that involved alcohol use over the course of the same year.
Hopefully, MADD and the NFL will make a difference in educating the public about the risks and fans can stay safe during this football season.
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