Ensure Everyone is a Winner at the Next Tailgate

Ensure Everyone is a Winner at the Next Tailgate

An important essential that fans often leave out of their game day list is a plan to get home.

Research suggests that spectators of football games report higher consumption of alcohol on game days than during parties or other social events. Between the excitement of tailgating before the big kickoff, the roller coaster of the game itself, and the celebrations or grievances depending on the outcome, fans tend to drink.

Bloomberg reports that one out of every ten fans leaving a football game will be legally intoxicated.


In order to ensure that both teams come away with one type of win on game day, AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety urges you to be a team player and make a plan:

  • Determine a designated driver before the day begins. This person should completely refrain from alcohol.
  • Utilize a ride sharing service such as Uber, Lyft, or a local taxi service.
  • Never get into a car with a driver who has been drinking.
  • Have a solidified plan before the day begins, so there are no decisions to make after alcohol is consumed.


In addition, pedestrians leaving football games are in grave danger of being struck by those who chose to drink and drive.

In 2015, almost half (48 percent) of crashes resulting in pedestrian deaths involved alcohol – whether that be the person behind the wheel or the person walking. Pedestrians leaving sporting events, such as a football game, are at a higher risk than average due to the high volume of traffic in the area at that time.

Motorists are impatiently trying to exit the grounds, many coming from busy parking lots and some visiting the area for the first time. Unfortunately, a large portion of those drivers have gotten behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. These factors among several others, put pedestrians exiting the stadium at risk.


AAA’s Distracted Driving Foundation urges pedestrians to be team players as well:

  • Utilize the sidewalks at all times.
  • Refrain from crossing streets illegally – as there is a higher volume of traffic than normal.
  • Look both ways repeatedly before stepping out onto a road.
  • Avoid engaging in distracting behaviors such as texting and walking, as this takes away your attention to the vehicles passing by.
  • Use your best judgement – be aware of swerving or speeding vehicles that pose the greatest threats.


Your team is counting on you to show up loud and spirited for the next game. Make sure that you do your part by having a game plan before drinking to ensure your safety and the safety of everyone on campus so alcohol doesn’t get the “W”. 


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