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The Broncos are in the Super Bowl! (But Be Safe After the Parties)

By Daniel E DAngelo Esq on February 2, 2016

Go BroncosHere we go again! It wasn’t that long ago that the city was alive with the same excitement and dreams of a championship – but it does feel a little different this time. Is it going to be Peyton’s last season? No one can be sure until he makes the announcement, but it certainly seems that way. Around the D’Angelo Law Office, we’ve got Bronco fever. With any luck, we’ll be watching the victory parade around a week from now!

What does everyone think about when it comes to the Super Bowl? (Other than commercials) Parties of course! A Super Bowl party can be a blast, but you need to take precautions when attending. A locally-brewed Colorado beer goes hand-in-hand with a Broncos’ Super Bowl appearance, but not so much if you’re driving.

The last time the Broncos appeared in the Super Bowl, Colorado law enforcement officials arrested 321 people for DUI.[1] Frankly, this is ridiculous. Like the Broncos, preparation and having a plan before you go and enjoy the Super Bowl at a bar or party is the key to avoiding problems after the game. So have a plan for how you will get home after the game. Here are a few options you have OTHER than driving after you’ve been drinking:

  1. Get a ride from friends/family. It’s better to inconvenience or annoy someone who cares about you than to risk causing a car crash and injuring others, yourself, or worse, killing someone because you drank too much and drove.
  2. Get a taxi. The old tried and true method still works just fine. Sure, it’ll cost you a few bucks, especially if you’re far away from home, but it’ll be a lost less expensive than a DUI and a lot less on your conscience than if you injure or kill someone.
  3. Use public transportation. In the Denver area, you’ve got quite a few choices for public transport. The light rail and bus system cover just about every area you might need to go. If you aren’t sure how to navigate, just use Google Maps – they’ve got a public transport feature!
  4. User Uber or Lyft. A lot of people prefer these services to taxis nowadays, since they are easy to use.
  5. Stay Put. If you are at a friend’s house and you went a little too crazy with the craft Colorado beers, stay the night on their couch. Better to sleep on their couch or floor and wake up with a stiff neck and a headache than in a jail cell or the hospital. If you are downtown, get a hotel. Just don’t drive.

With this many options, there is absolutely no reason for anyone to get behind the wheel of a car after they’ve been drinking. As the saying goes, “don’t be another statistic.” We aren’t saying you shouldn’t enjoy the game with your friends, we’re just asking you to keep yourself – and others – safe by avoiding very poor judgment and getting behind the wheel drunk.

As always, get in touch with us if you need helping dealing with an injury resulting from negligence like a DUI.

[1] https://www.libertylawcenter.com/2014/02/dui-arrests-super-bowl-weekend/