As preparations begin for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, The Eichholz Law Firm would like to remind drivers to always designate a sober driver.

On Super Bowl Sunday many events will be planned at restaurants, bars, and local parties. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with the National Football League (NFL) and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition have come together to spread the message about designating a driver.

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk is a campaign that works with Major League Baseball, the NFL, and Major League Soccer to prevent drunk driving. During the 2011 NFL season a collaboration among the NFL, all 32 teams, 31 stadiums, brewers, broadcasters, and much more promoted the message.

In 2012, more than 215,000 NFL fans pledged to be designated drivers ensuring that they would stay sober on game day in order to get their friends and family home safely.

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2003, it was found that auto accidents climb more than 40 percent in the hours after the Super Bowl with the highest number in the losing team’s territory. In states with the losing team the number of crashes increased 68 percent after the game ended.

Accident data was collected from the U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 1975 through 2001 for the study.

Whether you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching it at a local sports bar, designate a sober driver or find another way to get home safely such as calling for a cab. If you’re hosting a party be sure your guests have designated a driver and do not let anyone who appears to be intoxicated drive home. Party hosts may wish to keep local cab company phone numbers readily available.

Additionally, the Auto Club Group, better known as AAA, offers Tipsy-To-Go services in Georgia. A driver and their vehicle may be able to get a confidential local ride, within a 10-mile radius, to a safe location.

The service is designed to be used as a last resort and is based on the availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks available. However, if you or a loved one are too intoxicated to drive home and have no other way to get home, call AAA to get your vehicle towed home safely; the services is free to both AAA members and non-members.