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Stay Alert, Stay Alive
2018-01-31

            Sunday brings us Super Bowl Fifty-Two and local Philadelphia Eagle Fans will be rooting for their team.

            You may be planning to watch the game while seated in your favorite chair, attending a get-together to enjoy it at a friend's house, or heading out to one of several local pubs and restaurants to embrace a party-like atmosphere while cheering for your team.

            Enjoy the day but remember that it's only a game.  Both teams are already winners.  The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles earned the right to compete in the big show but, only one will leave Minneapolis as the winner of the game.

            Celebrate the game but remember that the most dangerous place to be during and after the Super Bowl on Sunday will be on the roads.

            According to Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS), drinking violations by   repeat drunk drivers, ordered to stay sober, jumps an average of 22 percent nationwide on Super Bowl Sunday, compared to the usual violation rates on a Sunday.  This report comes from a nationwide analysis of the drinking behavior of 530,000 repeat DUI offenders.

            Police in and around the Boston and Philadelphia areas should be extra cautious.  The report also shows that regions with a team in the game can see can see drinking violations double or even triple.

            In 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one American was killed in a drunk driving crash every 51 minutes. Alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities often spike on holidays and popular drinking days, like Super Bowl Sunday.

            According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a study of U.S. accident data performed by University of Toronto researchers uncovered a 41% increase in motor vehicle collisions in the hours following the Super Bowl.

            The study compared crash data from 27 Super Bowl Sundays with that of the Sundays preceding and following the big game.  The first hour immediately following the Super Bowl was the worst, with the accident rate jumping 70%.

            Interestingly, the largest surges in the accident rate occurred in the home states of the losing team, where the number of crashes increased 68% after the telecast ended, while accidents rose only 6% in the winner's state. Accidents climbed an average of 46% in "neutral" states.

            Enjoy Super Bowl Sunday and remember, if you drink, don't drive. If you're driving, don't drink.

            Stay alert, stay alive before, during, and after the game.


 

 

 

 

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