The Super Bowl leads to a rise in drinking and DUIs
The Super Bowl is almost a holiday in the United States, a sporting event that spawns parties all over the country, even when only teams from two different states are in the big game. Along with it, drinking and DUI arrests typically increase. Below are a few key stats about Super Bowl Sunday.
1. Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) on Super Bowl Sunday is almost as high as it is on St. Patrick's Day and New Year's Eve. A smartphone-based breath test called BACtrack found that people that used the device in 2014 had an average blood alcohol concentration of .091 on the day of the Super Bowl. For St. Patrick's Day and New Year's Eve, the average was .094.
2. Police forces will often increase patrols, and they may also use checkpoints. When checkpoints are used, drivers are not able to get by simply by driving very carefully while intoxicated, as drivers are systematically checked in areas where it's thought there's a high likelihood they'll be under the influence.
3. Reports claim that almost 300,000 people drive under the influence each day. On top of that, these reports say that someone dies as a result of a DUI crash each 52 minutes. While it is worth noting that Uber sponsored the research that produced those results, those numbers are still important since a spike on Super Bowl Sunday would exceed them.
As law enforcement agencies increase their own activity to search for drunk drivers, it's important for those who are arrested to know what rights they have. This is especially important if drivers believe that probable cause did not exist, but that police took action because they assumed people in New York would be driving under the influence more often due to events like the Super Bowl.