Be Careful on the NJ Roadways This Super Bowl Sunday
This is it — Super Bowl LI. The big game is once again here and many of us will be glued to our TV sets to watch the Patriots and the Falcons battle it out in Houston. You may be watching it with friends and family, or you may be heading to a local sports bar to cheer with other fans. Whatever your plans may be this weekend, you better watch out. You may be get into an auto accident.
In 2003, University of Toronto researchers compared data from 27 Super Bowl Sundays to the previous weeks and discovered that there is a 41 percent increase in motor vehicle collisions in the hours that follow a Super Bowl. The researchers also found that the average number of people killed in crashes after the Super Bowl was 24, which is an increase from 17 on the comparison Sundays. The researchers believe that drinking, driver fatigue, and distraction among drivers all contributed to the rise in accidents.
Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents have increased drastically over the past few years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was a 7.2 percent increase in 2015 over 2014 numbers. NHTSA has noted that the year-over-year increase is the largest in nearly 50 years.
We want everyone to be safe this Sunday and especially no DUIs. To make sure you don’t drink and drive, here are some sobering facts to keep in mind:
- If you are charged with a DUI with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10% or higher, you will lose your license for up to a year, Face several fines, may go to jail for up to 30 days, and may have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.
- If you are under 21 and are convicted of driving with a BAC of more than 0.01% you will lose your license for 30 days, face high fees, possible jail time, and mandatory community service.
- If you have a Commercial Driver License and are charged with a DUI, your license will be suspended for up to a year. That means your career is over.
If you are going to a Super Bowl party this weekend, stay safe. And if you need legal representation, remember to contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.