A sold out crowd at the 66th NBA All-Star Game on February 19, 2017 witnessed the incredible skills of the league’s best players. For John Monroig, the Houston Rockets Designated Driver for the Season, his tickets to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA were the result of being the first prize winner of the “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes for designated drivers. Monroig, a resident of Houston, was named “Designated Driver for the Season” for the Rockets for the 2015-2016 season. All 30 NBA teams selected a Designated Driver for the Season. Mr. Monroig was the lucky one randomly selected to represent the more than 71,000 responsible NBA fans who pledged to be designated drivers last season.
Throughout the three days of All-Star festivities at Smoothie King Center, 539 NBA fans pledged to never drive drunk and always have a designated driver. Three (3) fans were randomly selected as the Designated Drivers of All-Star weekend. Each of these fans received an NBA All-Star basketball.
The “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes grand prize winners from the 2015-2016 NBA season were Elyssa Eldridge and Sandra Still. Eldridge was named “Designated Driver for the Season” for the Golden State Warriors and Still was selected to represent the Cleveland Cavaliers. Eldridge attended game one of The Finals 2016 and Still attended game 3. Designated drivers pledge to refrain from drinking alcohol at the game and provide their friends and family with a safe ride home.
The top five NBA teams for designated drivers at the end of the 2015-2016 season were:
- Dallas Mavericks with 8,916 designated drivers
- Charlotte Hornets with 8,386 designated drivers
- Oklahoma City Thunder with 8,221 designated drivers
- Houston Rockets with 6,702 designated drivers
- Sacramento Kings with 5,415 designated drivers
US DOT / NHTSA 2015 NATIONAL DATA:
• 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.