The Washington area has no team in this year’s Super Bowl (again), but drivers should still be aware of the game’s potential impact on traffic and road safety this weekend.

Super Bowl Sunday is often an occasion to drink, and there is evidence to show that drunk driving incidents and auto accidents are unusually high on this day, particularly after the game. Sixty-nine people died in drunk driving crashes after the Super Bowl in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

A 2003 report in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that from 1975 to 2001 there was a 41 percent rise in traffic fatalities in the hours after the Super Bowl compared to a typical Sunday. That’s an average of seven additional deaths each year. The study showed that traffic fatalities were higher in neutral cities than in cities of the Super Bowl winner.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sent out messages urging people to use a designated driver or arrange for other transportation if they have been drinking. The NHTSA has an app, SaferRide, that can connect you with friends or cab companies.

Drinking violations jump an average of 22% on Super Bowl Sunday compared to typical Sunday violation rates, according to ScramSystems, a maker of alcohol monitoring technology.

Here’s also a look at where Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots fans may gather Sunday: (Kickoff is 6:30 p.m.)


  • Ventnor Sports Cafe - 2411 18th St. NW. Known as an Eagles bar, will host “Super Bowl Philly Style” from 2:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • The Philadelphia Tavern - 9413 Main Street, Manassas, VA. Open until 2 a.m.
  • Tap House DC - 1825 M St. NW. Eagles bar holding special VIP events. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


  • Irish Channel - 500 H St. NW. Known Patriots bar, open until 1:30 a.m.
  • Capitol Lounge - 229 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Offers a Patriot’s-themed menu including “Gisele’s Sweet-Ass Potato Fries” and “Goodell Can Suck My Quesedilla.” Open until 2 a.m.

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