Tailgating SafetyTips for Idaho Sports Fans

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Tailgating Safety TipsWith  football season is in full swing,  fans across the state are spending part of their weekends tailgating. This American tradition is a great way to socialize and support your favorite team.  But it’s important to keep in mind a few safety tips to make sure you and your guests don’t end up cheering for the team from the local emergency room.

When purchasing supplies for your tailgating event, remember that beer can be just as intoxicating as hard liquor. A twelve-ounce beer has the same amount of alcohol as a twelve-ounce wine cooler, a five-ounce glass of wine, or an ounce-and-a-half of hard liquor.

It’s a good idea to have plenty of food available to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach, but you should avoid chips, pretzels, and other sodium-filled foods. Too many salty snacks will make your guests thirsty and encourage them to drink more. To avoid food poisoning, make sure you put plenty of ice in your cooler and throw away any leftovers after the game.

For all fans under the age of 21, and to support those who defer from alcohol, you should provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. Underage drinkers are especially dangerous behind the wheel, since they have less general driving experience and have a lower tolerance for alcohol. According to Idaho law, an underage driver is considered legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.02%. This means that just one drink is enough to push a young driver over the legal limit. A first conviction earns the driver imprisonment of up to six months, a fine of up to $1,000, and a license suspension of one year.

To make sure everyone gets home safely after the game, plan ahead by choosing a designated driver or two. You should also have the number of a taxi service readily available for anyone who needs a ride home.

Littering is obviously bad for the environment, but it can also damage your vehicle if you’re not careful. Before everyone leaves the party, take a few minutes to pick up all cans and bottles so you don’t damage your tires and end up waiting for a tow truck.

Holzer Edwards Can Help

Keeping in mind these tailgating safety tips can help you reduce your risk of being involved in an accident, but it’s impossible to account for the behavior of other drivers. If you or someone you love is injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for medical care and other expenses. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Holzer Edwards are dedicated to representing Idaho residents who have been injured due to the negligent actions of others. Please call (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.


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