Whether you are so over watching the Patriots play in the Super Bowl or convinced the Chiefs got robbed, let’s be honest…You are going to watch the Super Bowl. Super Bowl watch parties have been bringing friends and rivals together for, well, 53 years. They have also been a peak time to be arrested for driving while intoxicated, or DWI.
Currently, the State of Texas has set a blood alcohol content, or BAC, limit of 0.08. According to the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission, a man weighing 180 pounds reaches the 0.08 limit after four drinks in one hour, and a woman weighing 140 pounds reaches 0.08 after a little more than two drinks in one hour.
An average cost for a first time DWI charge in Texas is in excess of $4,000.00, with a potential 3-180 days in jail and loss of driver’s license for up to one year. Driving while intoxicated is not only a lengthy and expensive offense, but it can also lead to injuries and fatalities. In 2017, the Texas Department of Transportation reported 910 fatal DWI car crashes. Of these, 1,024 people were killed.
No matter which team you are rooting for, don’t make a DWI part of your Super Bowl memories this year. Uber, Lyft or a good old fashioned taxi are all great options to avoid that dreaded ride in the back of a police car.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)