Hingham police are asking football fans to be smart after their Super Bowl parties this Sunday.
The Hingham Police have added extra patrols for this weekend to watch for any drunk driving in town, Sgt. Steven Dearth said.
The additional patrols will be paid for by a federal community policing grant awarded to the Hingham Police. They will be on patrol from various times starting Friday night through Monday morning.
Dearth said the time before and after the game, can be one of the most dangerous times on the road. A total of 48 percent of fatal crashes on Super Bowl Sunday in 2010, between 12:01 a.m. and 5:59 a.m. the following Monday, involved drivers with blood alcohol levels of .08 percent or greater, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“We want everyone to be safe and enjoy the game” said Dearth “But for those drivers who don’t plan ahead, be warned. If you chose to drink and drive, we’ll be looking for you”.
The Hingham Police believe their efforts in stopping drunk driving is working. The amount of drivers arrested in Hingham for drunk driving was reduced by 18 percent in 2012 from 2011 (92 arrests in 2011 compared to 75 arrests in 2012).
If you are hosting a Super Bowl party at your house Hingham Police offer these reminders:
Serve plenty of food but avoid too many salty snacks (they tend to make people thirsty and drink more).
Make sure all of your guests designate their sober driver before kickoff or help to arrange ride sharing with other sober drivers.
Offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks (Avoid mixers; they don’t dilute the alcohol (carbonated mixers like club soda or tonic water cause alcohol to be absorbed into a person system more quickly).
Only serve alcohol to guest 21 and older. (Under the MA Social Host Responsibility Law, homeowners face criminal penalties including jail and fines. This is in addition to civil liability for minors who are served or drink in their house).
Determine ahead of time when you’ll stop serving alcohol, such as one hour before the end of the party or at the end of the 3rd quarter (just like NFL stadiums) and begin serving coffee and desserts.
Take steps to prevent anyone from driving while impaired-do what it takes to stop them
Be prepared to have guests spend the night at your house, it’s better than spending the night at the hospital, in jail or the morgue.
Have a list of local cab companies near your phone.
Make sure the designated driver has easy access to their car when it’s time to start driving people home.