MADD warns against drinking and driving Super Bowl Sunday


POSTED: Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 10:47pm

UPDATED: Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 10:39pm

The big game is hours away, and people are getting ready to watch the Super Bowl XLVIII kickoff.

You might be planning on going to a party, or hosting one yourself. That's why the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving is offering some tips for you and your guests to keep the roads safer this Super Bowl.

MADD says Super Bowl Sunday is the second highest day for drunken driving related accidents, right behind New Year’s Eve.

They say there are things you can do to have responsible fun, and people poke with today are following their tips.

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest television events of the year, drawing in over 100 million viewers last year alone.

Along with the big game, comes a big celebration.

"Tomorrow go over to my friend’s house, have a few brews and enjoy the game," said Zeke Mata.

Like Zeke, lots of people enjoy alcohol during the game. But the key is doing it responsibly.

"I’ll spend the night, I don't have to drive and we will be good. Have some coffee in the morning," said Zeke.

But still some decide to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink.

"Just don't drink and drive anymore! Please,” said Ivan Rodriguez.

And that is exactly what MADD is asking of you for tomorrow.

They say one thing you can do if you are planning on drinking; designate a sober driver before kickoff.

"It's fun to be able to celebrate with family and friends. Having an action plan before is the most important,” said Vanessa Marquez, from MADD.

They say:

  • Plan activities like party games or door prize drawings to engage people and reduce alcohol consumption.
  • Offer non-alcoholic drink options for designated drivers and those who are under age 21.
  • Provide plenty of food to avoid guests drinking on an empty stomach and getting intoxicated more quickly.
  • Be ready to step in if a guest has had too much to drink — offer to drive them home, arrange for a ride with a sober guest, call a taxi, or invite them to spend the night.

"You know i have seen accidents and it breaks my heart to see one more person dead because of drinking and driving," said Maria Jansen.

People KTSM spoke with around El Paso plan on following MADD's advice.

"We always have a designated driver, everywhere we go,” said Rodriguez. “It always has to be someone responsible."

"If you drink, drink responsibly. Don't drink and drive," said Jeremy Cotton.

MADD also says that if you are hosting a party, make sure everyone has a safe way to get home, or let them stay with you. And never serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.

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