The Orlando Rage, the Orlando Thunder, the UCF Knights, and the Orlando Raiders are among the many football teams often followed by fans in Orlando. While football is one of the most popular sports and many people watch the games, there is a dark side to football game days: the risk of drunk driving car accidents increases.
Auto accidents are more likely on football game days for one simple reason: a lot of people drink while they are watching the football games and they drive home when they have consumed too much alcohol to get behind the wheel safely.
In many cases, these intoxicated football fans will end up injuring themselves or injuring other innocent victims. Football fans need to do everything they can to make sure this does not happen, while victims need to know what their legal options are for holding intoxicated people accountable if they cause accidents to occur.
Football game days result in an increased car accident risk because of the strong connection between watching or attending football gams and consuming intoxicating beverages. Bloomberg reports drinking is so common at football games, around 10 percent of fans will have blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) which are over-the-legal limit for intoxication by the time a football game has come to an end.
Many people also tailgate while they are attending college or professional football games. Tailgating creates a binge drinking culture. Tailgating fans have are 14 times more likely to be legally drunk at a football game as compared with those who do not tailgate. When asked about their alcohol consumption as part of a survey, one in four tailgaters admitted they had consumed five or more drinks. This level of alcoholic beverage consumption is considered to be binge drinking.
Those who drink too much may not be able to make an accurate assessment of whether or not they are sober and should drive home. As a result, fans end up getting behind the wheel when they are over-the-limit and at risk of automobile accidents. This is not just a problem for people who go watch football games at stadiums, but is also an issue for people who watch games at parties and for people who watch games at bars or friends houses.
Anyone who is going to be attending a football event and who is planning on consuming alcohol at the event should make sure to avoid drinking unless and until they have made plans for a designated driver to take them home. If you wait until you start drinking, you may not be able to find a good way to get home. Having an advanced plan before consuming any alcohol reduces the chance of drunk driving accidents. Those whose friends get intoxicated at football games should also speak up and prevent their friends from getting into the car while drunk.