No matter which team you root for in this year’s Super Bowl the #1 responsibility as a party host is to help friends and family make it home safely once the confetti flies and the Lombardi Trophy is hoisted by J. Harbaugh.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 40% of vehicle related deaths after the 2010 Super Bowl were the result of drunk drivers.
Here are a few suggestions from State Farm and the Insurance Information Institute to make the party and the trip home a safe one:
The Home Team:
• Take a minute to speak with your local insurance agent about your liability coverage and familiarize yourself with Social Host Liability Laws.
• Serve plenty of food and water to help offset the effects of alcohol.
• Do not pressure guests to drink or rush to fill empty glasses.
• Stock coolers with non-alcoholic beverages for designated drivers.
• Stop serving alcoholic beverages when the fourth quarter begins.
• Reward designated drivers with perks like first dibs on seating near the big screen.
• Help guests make travel arrangements with a designated driver or taxi. Make sure guests feel comfortable spending the night.
The Visiting Team:
• Leave your keys at home if you plan to drink.
• Make arrangements beforehand to designate a driver, save a cab company’s number on your phone or stay the night at your friend’s.
• Don’t drink on an empty stomach.
• Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
• If you’re sober, keep an eye on friends who are drinking. Don’t be afraid to take away their keys.
• Extend a kind gesture to your designated driver, such as offering to pay for gas.
• Watch for drunk drivers during your ride home, and report suspects to the police.
• Always wear your seatbelt.
• Leave your phone alone and stay focused on the drive home.
For more information visit: http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/family/
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