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Thursday, January 31, 2013

How to Avoid Being a Drunken Hot Mess on Super Bowl Sunday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 7:15 AM

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No matter how many liquor bottles Mayor Ed Lee empties in the toilet this week, there's not a chance in hell he's going to get all of San Francisco to stay sober on Super Bowl Sunday.

So pragmatic San Francisco cops are preparing for the worst, and that'd be drunk drivers.

Come Saturday the National Football League is teaming up with cops who are trained in sniffing out alcohol to make sure football fans aren't letting football fans drive drunk.

See Also: Mayor Ed Lee Is Trying to Ruin One of the Best Parts of Super Bowl Sunday: Getting Hammered

Here's what you should expect:

A drove of cops will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. in a location that's not yet been disclosed. Police patrols will continue throughout Sunday from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. across the city as fans gather to feast on buffalo wings and beer.

These DUI cops, who by the way will be on duty in addition to the regular beat cops, will all be out looking for one thing: the tell-tale signs of an inebriated driver, according to police.

And for good reason: In 2011, 774 people were killed in DUI crashes and more than 24,000 were injured statewide. These drunk-driving fatalities accounted for 29 percent of the total vehicle traffic deaths in California.

If you aren't sure what to do with all this information, here's some advice:

  • Designate your sober driver before the party, wherever that may be, begins.

  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food (a large pizza or super burrito), take drinking breaks, and alternate your alcohol with non-alcoholic drinks, like water or coffee.

  • If you don't have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or a parent to come and get you. If all else fails, crash where you are for the night and don't drive until you are sober.

  • Use your community's sober ride program or enter in your smartphone's browser for the OTS Cab Finder.

  • If you are having a party, treat guests like they do at the stadium -- stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is a great time for coffee and dessert.

  • Take the keys away from anyone who is even thinking of driving drunk.

FYI, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served winds up causing a drunk driving crash.

Be safe, and go Niners.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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