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 these statistics:
- 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.