Super Bowl Sunday DUIs Spike in Florida

February 2, 2013

Last year in anticipation of the Super Bowl, Americans spent more than $1 billion on beer alone just at grocery and convenience stores. That didn't account for other types of alcoholic beverages or the beer that flowed during the game at restaurants, bars or hotels. beerisking.jpg

This year, it's expected to be about the same, and our Fort Lauderdale DUI defense lawyers know local law enforcement officials will be on the prowl to collar suspected offenders.

Florida is one of the few states with the luxury of having AAA's free Tow to Go program throughout the day, meaning everyone - not just members - can nab a free ride home Sunday by calling (855) 2-TOW-2-GO. We strongly urge revelers to consider it a last resort. The best DUI arrest prevention is not to get in the car after you've been drinking.

That said, we stand ready with an aggressive defense for those who are arrested on game day.

While it's true that DUI arrests are higher on Super Bowl Sunday than most other comparable Sundays of the year, a big part of that is due to the fact that police and troopers are out in full force. More officers on the road inevitably means more arrests.

It's also true that the overall number of accidents go up on Super Bowl Sunday, from about 3,000 on an average Sunday to 4,000 on Super Bowl Sunday.

Alcohol may certainly play a part in that, but there's actually more to it. The fact is, you have more people on the road. Rather than staying home and catching up on yard work, people are out preparing for the festivities and traveling to and from parties and sports bars.

Plus, research has shown that distraction may actually play a large role in the spike of game-day crashes. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety notes that many fans returning home from the game are consumed by the "Monday morning quarterbacking" that inevitably occurs after a big event. They may be tuning into the radio play-by-plays or talking or texting with friends about the outcome. There is also a heightened risk of driver fatigue, as kick-off doesn't even start until 6:30 p.m. EST, meaning the game won't wrap up until late in the evening. These situations have proven just as dangerous as driving drunk.

What's more, distracted drivers may often be mistaken for drunk drivers. In Florida, there is no law prohibiting drivers from using cell phones or texting while behind the wheel. Understand, however, that doing so may get you pulled over, especially after the game, when police are going to be everywhere.

If you are planning to host a Super Bowl party in Fort Lauderdale, reduce the risk of your guests being arrested for drunk driving by serving lots of food, cut off alcohol consumption after the the third quarter and arrange for designated drivers as needed.

If you are one of those who has been arrested for DUI on Super Bowl Sunday, make sure your very first phone call is to an experienced DUI defense attorney. In many instances, a good attorney can work to have your charges reduced and possibly dropped entirely.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach or Miami, contact Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyer Carlos Canet today at 1-866-727-5384.

Additional Resources:
Chicken, Beer and Commercials: Super Bowl XLVII by the Numbers, Jan. 31, 2013, By Emily Feldman, NBC News

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