Stay in the Game and Don’t Drink and Drive

When the big game kicks off on Sunday, will you be prepared? Whether you’re cheering for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Kansas City Chiefs, make sure you have a game plan that prevents drunk driving.

You know that many parties celebrating the big game will involve alcohol, so play it smart and safe by having a game plan in place to not drink and drive. If we follow these steps, we will all win on Sunday.

Know the Rules: It’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. When it comes to drinking and driving, law enforcement doesn’t throw a yellow flag; they throw the book at you. You’ll get pulled over, arrested, and prosecuted. Your wallet takes a big hit, too: the average DUI court case costs approximately $10,000.

Play it Safe: Defenses win championships; your best defense is to plan a safe ride. From buses and trains to car services and designated drivers, connect with the option that will get you home safely.

Be the MVP: Volunteer to be a designated driver. Let your friends and family know that you’ll be there for them when the game’s over with a safe, sober ride home.

If You’ve Been Drinking, You’re Benched: There’s no place on the road for anyone who has been drinking. If someone tries to drive after drinking, tell them to ride the bench until you help them find a sober ride home. If you’re hosting the get-together, you’re the head coach. Make the right call: take their keys before they drink and drive.

We’re all on the same team when it comes to preventing drunk driving. And, however you or your guests travel for the game on Sunday, always buckle up. Your seat belt is your best defense in any vehicle crash.

We hope it’s a great game and that you enjoy it — safely — with friends and family.

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The law office of Joseph Cerino handles all matters of litigation, concentrating in family law including divorce, custody, child support, paternity, alimony, property division and domestic violence, as well as, criminal defense and appeals in Southwest Florida.

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