Super Bowl Sunday is nearly here, and for many, the most-watched sporting
event of the year is a time for parties, get-togethers at restaurants
and bars, and plenty of drinking. According to statistics, it's also
considered the Super Bowl of Drunk Driving. For years the NFL championship
has recorded some of the highest rates of alcohol-related auto accidents,
injuries, and deaths of any day of the year.
According to the Automobile Club of Southern California, Super Bowl Sunday
is one of the most dangerous times of year on public roadways. Consider
- Alcohol-involved car accidents in California increase by 75% on Super Bowl
Sunday compared to other Sundays in January and February, based on a 10-year
crash data analysis.
- Los Angeles County sees 55% more alcohol-related fatal and injury-causing
DUI crashes on Super Bowl Sunday.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 43%
of all traffic deaths on Super Bowl Sunday involved alcohol, compared
to just 31% during the rest of the year.
Law enforcement are well aware of these statistics and throughout the country,
agencies go to great lengths in increasing efforts to get drunk drivers
off the road. This is year is no different. In fact, Orange County law
enforcement have urged residents not to drink and drive this Sunday as
part of the "Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk" campaign.
They will be increasing the number of sobriety checkpoints and saturation
patrols throughout the weekend. The Costa Mesa Police Department will be kicking the campaign off with
a DUI checkpoint tonight from 8:00 pm to 3:00 am Saturday.
If you plan on watching the Super Bowl and need to drive, make sure you
plan for a ride or designate a sober driver. Uber has teamed up with Mothers
Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to offer more rides and to donate $1 of every
fair to MADD. The Automobile Club of Southern California will also be
offering safe rides home through its tipsy tow program.
At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., we routinely see an increase
in DUI arrests during periods of increased enforcement, which often take
place during holidays and major events like the Super Bowl. We remind
OC residents that authorities will be on high alert this weekend and to
get home safely. If you have questions about a DUI arrest, our team is
available immediately to help.