D.C. United hosted the first Heineken Designated Driver Challenge match of the season when the Club faced off against the Chicago Fire on May 20, 2017. Supporters cheered on the home side responsibly by pledging to get home safely and earning D.C. United additional points in the challenge.
Before the match kicked off, 81 supporters helped the Black & Red earn points in the Heineken Designated Driver Challenge, a friendly competition to find out which Club can sign up the most responsible supporters who promise never to drive drunk. Those fans autographed the wall of responsibility and posed for a free souvenir photo.
Each designated driver and responsible supporter earns their favorite Club points in the competition. The Heineken Designated Driver Challenge winner will be the Club with the most points at the end of the season.
US DOT / NHTSA 2015 NATIONAL DATA:
- In 2015 10,265 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related (BAC > 0.08) car crashes, an increase of 3.2% from the 9,943 fatalities in 2014.
- Many, if not most of those lives would have been saved if people did not drive when they were impaired by alcohol or if they used sober, designated drivers or if they simply wore their seat belts.
- Statistics and research clearly show that 21-34 year old males are the demographic most likely to be involved in an automobile crash, drive when impaired by alcohol, and fail to buckle up.