This Super Bowl Sunday will mark the end of the 2011 record-setting NFL season. That’s right, in 2011, 220,000 fans signed up to be designated drivers—a nearly 30 percent increase from 2010 and a new League record.
Nine NFL teams (the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders) partnered with MADD to make sure that fans include a safe ride home in their game plan with a game-day designated driver program throughout the season.
The program enhanced the teams’ existing designated driver programs with a pre-game MADD presence in stadium parking lots, distribution of information cards throughout the stadiums, and an audio PSA urging fans to “sign up to play the most important position in the NFL: the designated driver.”With Super Bowl Sunday being one of the deadliest times on America’s roadways, we hope that the designated driver trend will continue this weekend. If you want to be a champion host this Sunday, use these tips to help throw a party that sails into the end zone. But, no matter how you celebrate or who you cheer for, don’t ruin the day by getting a DUI, or much worse. If you're going to drink alcohol, remember to plan ahead and designate a sober driver to help get everyone home safe after the game.