The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about their efforts to “tackle” drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday. The CHP is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday. Officials with the CHP are urging fans to designate a sober driver or use a rideshare app if they plan on enjoying the game with alcohol. Motorists can expect CHP officers to be out in full force on Super Bowl Sunday.
Super Bowl Sunday Car Crash Stats
- Last year on Super Bowl Sunday, seven people were killed in alcohol-involved collisions on California roadways.
- An additional 134 people were injured in drunk driving crashes on Super Bowl Sunday last year.
- The CHP made 352 arrests for driving under the influence on Super Bowl Sunday last year.
Have a Plan Before the Game
Both the CHP and the NHTSA are advocating for fans to make a plan before the big game. Nobody wants to deal with finding a ride at the end of the night. Make a plan, and have a back up plan too. Designate a sober driver, and if that person falls through, use a rideshare app like Uber of Lyft. It’s not worth putting your life and the lives of others in danger.
Enjoying Super Bowl Sunday Responsibly
No matter who you’re rooting for, the most important thing is that you get home safely. If you’re hosting a party, make sure your guests get home safely too. Keep an eye on guests, and make sure there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available for designated drivers. If you have to, don’t be afraid to take somebody’s keys away. There is no shame is sleeping on the couch.
If you suspect somebody is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, 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 have been injured by a drunk driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free consultation.