Drunk Drivers, the Super Bowl, and Your Safety

The fifty first Super Bowl will grace television screens across the country this February and along with traditional Super Bowl snacks like chicken wings and chips, beer and other alcoholic drinks are usually part of any size Super Bowl party.  In fact, Super Bowl ranks up there with New Year’s Eve and the Forth of July as one of the nation’s top drinking days.

It’s no surprise, then, that Super Bowl day also sees a spike in people who drink and drive.  With and average of 325 million gallons of beer consumed on Super Bowl Sunday, according to Forbes Magazine, the reality of this drinking day really hits home.

In Southern Arizona, where a DUI task force is implemented reduce drinking and driving accidents on Super Bowl Sunday, an average 550 cars are stopped on Suspicion of drinking and driving. That can add up to a lot of arrests at Pima County checkpoints where five out of seven arrests are for driving while intoxicated. The Arizona legal limit is 0.08 and anyone whose blood alcohol level exceeds this and who causes an accident faces serious consequences in the Grand Canyon State.

The key is to avoid drinking and driving on this day and to avoid drunk drivers, especially since your chances of being involved in an alcohol related car accident on this day doubles.

  • To start with, if you’re going to have a few drinks, either stay home, use public transportation, call a cab or designate a sober driver.
  • If you’re the designated driver, be sure to pay attention to everything around you.  You’ll need to be able to spot a motorist who appears intoxicated from any direction.  Signs to look for are swerving in and out of lanes and driving fast and aggressively. Get far out of the way of these drivers.
  • When driving be sure to take it slow. You will want as much reaction time as possible to slow down or swerve out of the way to avoid a drunk driver.
  • Avoid distractions.  As much fun as it is to blare the radio or talk about the game, you really want to minimize distractions when driving on Super Bowl Sunday.  Taking your eyes off the road for even a moment to adjust the stereo can mean the difference between being the victim of a car accident or not.

Even by obeying the speed limit and following these tips, you may still find yourself the victim of a drunk driver in Arizona on Super Bowl Sunday.  If you are injured in a car accident on this day or any other day, you are legally entitled to compensation that includes costs of medical treatment, time out of work, and other expenses. But to get these, you need a trusted, competent lawyer to help.

Don’t delay. Call Hastings and Hastings at 800-975-0080 for a free, no obligation consultation.

Uber and Lyft, Popular Ridesharing Apps, are Making for Safer Streets in Arizona

Ridesharing apps have taken the world by storm over the past few years. Uber, which was founded in 2009, created the market out of thin air. Their main competitor, Lyft, was established in 2012. Both of these ridesharing apps have created an entirely new way to travel. Simply type in the address of the place you want to into the app, push a few buttons, and a car with a professional driver shows up at your door.

Uber and Lyft are more than just a great convenience. There’s evidence to suggest that they’re actually making the streets safer. How? By taking drunk drivers off the road and putting them into the back of an Uber or Lyft.

Ridesharing is a Safe Way to Get Home

Due to the convenience of Uber or Lyft over a traditional taxi, more people are using these services to get home from a late night of drinking. Both of these services are viewed by the general public as a safe, reliable way to travel around their town. Instead of getting behind the wheel of their own car while intoxicated, would-be drunk drivers use a ridesharing app.

Overall, ridesharing is an extremely safe way to get home after a night of drinking at a bar or club. Instead of assuming you’re good enough to drive, an inexpensive Uber or Lyft ride home keeps you – and other people on the road – safe.

The Decline of Alcohol Related Crashes

How much of this is speculation and how much of it is backed up by research? Some research has shown a correlation between decreased incidents of alcohol related crashes and Uber/Lyft usage in the area. The first correlation occurred in Seattle. Before Uber entered the market, approximately seven drivers per day were arrested for driving under the influence. After Uber had entered the market, this figure dropped by 10 percent. Uber published this data, citing themselves as the cause for the decrease.

Another study coming out of California further supports this thesis: ridesharing apps are decreasing DUIs and alcohol related crashes. This study cited a six percent drop in DUI incidents after Uber entered the market.

Both of these studies bring up the age-old debate: is this correlation or causation? Are people becoming more responsible independent of Uber and Lyft, or are Uber and Lyft making people more responsible? One thing is for sure, Arizona streets have become safer since ridesharing apps have become commonplace.

Uber and Lyft: A Social Phenomenon

Ridesharing apps have taken the world by storm and have created a safe way for anyone to travel around their city. Beyond that, they’re also a social phenomenon. Approximately 93 percent of people asked would recommend Uber (or Lyft) to someone who was intoxicated. This data comes from major cities all around the country.

One thing is for certain: ridesharing apps have revolutionized the way people travel in the best of ways. They’re actively making the streets of Arizona a safer place to drive.