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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jan 14, 2015

Millions of people around the world will be gathering with family and friends on February 1st to watch the big game, and thousands of people will be in downtown Phoenix early for the day’s festivities before venturing to Glendale for the finale.  Whether you plan on joining in person for the festivities or simply joining friends at their home Super Bowl parties, here are some tips on avoiding DUIs.

If you’re attending a friend’s Super Bowl party:

  • Designate a sober driver before the party begins.  Make sure that your designated driver is committed to staying sober throughout the night.

  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast; make sure you eat, alternate with water or other non-alcoholic drinks.

  • Stop drinking at the beginning of the third quarter of the game.  Switch to coffee or water.

  • Be sure you are completely sober before you drive.  If you have any doubts at all, have a sober friend drive you or call a cab.

  • Remember: Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.  If you see another partygoer about to drive intoxicated, take their keys and call them a cab.

If you’re headed out to the events:

  • Plan your trip in advance.  It’s going to be mayhem downtown.

  • Keep the number of a local cab company or rideshare service handy.

  • If you get stuck, ask a sober friend for a ride home, or call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you.

If you are pulled over, do not say anything. Give the officer your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance upon request. You have no obligation to speak and anything you say could be used against you.  If you are arrested for DUI, immediately ask to call your attorney. If you don’t have an attorney, the Phoenix DUI lawyer referral service is available.  Tell the officer that you wish to use your right to remain silent.

Since Glendale is the home of the big game this year, you can count on DUI checkpoints being in place all around the valley.  Any alcohol on your breath or erratic driving gives law enforcement cause for suspicion.  Remember that you can get a DUI in Arizona, even if you have a blood alcohol concentration below 0.08.  You only need to have your driving impaired by alcohol or drugs.