Super Bowl Sunday 2022: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records show rise in fatal crashes

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records show the peak for fatal crashes is typically between 6 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday and 6 a.m. the next morning.

Eric Stephens’ 9-year-old daughter was killed after a drunk driver ran through a stop sign and rammed the family car eight years ago in North Harris County. Stephens says one wrong decision can cause irreparable damage to someone else’s life.

“Everyone loves the Super Bowl. It’s a good time, football, celebrations and drinking. But do everything responsibly,” Stephens said.

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In 2020, Texas saw a 5% increase in fatalities involving drunk drivers. The American Automobile Association says planning Super Bowl Sunday ahead of time to help minimize fatalities, even if you’re having a Super Bowl party.

“Make sure your partygoers, guests have a plan for a designated driver and that you have a rideshare app or taxi company number handy.” says Joshua Zuber with AAA.

According to the NHTSA, 46% of crashes during that 12-hour period are alcohol-related and more than 38,000 people died on the road in 2020, the highest number since 2007.

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