The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release regarding Super Bowl Sunday safety. Their “Don’t Let a DUI Sack Your Celebration” is aimed at raising awareness not just about the dangers of drunk driving to public safety, but also to the costs and consequences associated with a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest. Although many people will be happily cheering on their favorite teams this Sunday, the Super Bowl is also well known for having a nationwide spike in injury causing and fatal car crashes due to drunk driving. The CHP is calling on football fans to designate a driver before the big game.
CHP DUI Super Bowl Statistics
- 52 people were injured in alcohol-involved collisions in California for last year’s Super Bowl.
- One person was killed in an alcohol-involved crash during last year’s Super Bowl in California.
- The CHP made 360 arrests involving driving under the influence (DUI) on Super Bowl Sunday last year.
Designated Drivers Save Lives
If you plan on drinking during the Super Bowl, make sure you have a designated driver before you start cheering on your team. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan. Download a ridesharing app or pre-program a cab company’s number into your phone. Even if plans fall through, never get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking. Buzzed driving is drunk driving, and in some situations, even just one drink can make a difference in your safety and the safety of others. Additionally, a DUI can result in thousands of dollars in expenses and fines, jail time, a loss of your driver’s license, increased insurance rates, court fees, lost wages and other negative consequences.
San Diego Super Bowl Safety
Patrol officers with the CHP and other law enforcement agencies will be out in full force this Sunday. If you suspect a driver is drunk, call 9-1-1. Be prepared to give the vehicle’s description, location, license plate number and direction of travel. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy Super Bowl Sunday, and if you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver in San Diego, along with the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.