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CHP Urges Motorists To Play It Safe Game Day

Posted: February 2, 2014 2:05 p.m.
Updated: February 2, 2014 2:05 p.m.
 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Super Bowl is one of America’s most highly anticipated sports events
when friends and family often gather in homes, bars, and restaurants to watch the game.
Whether attending the game, watching at a bar, or hosting a party, the California Highway Patrol
(CHP) joins with the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, the National Football League, and TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol
Management) to remind everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. Before choosing to drink,
choose your team’s Most Valuable Player – a sober designated driver.
“We want everyone to enjoy the game this year, but most importantly, we want everyone to get home
safely,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Be sure to designate your sober driver before you
head to your destination.”
Saving the telephone numbers for your local taxi services on your mobile device ahead of time is
highly recommended.
“If you plan on drinking alcohol during the big game, we encourage you to designate a sober driver
or plan for alternative modes of transportation such as a taxi cab to get you home safely,” said Office
of Traffic Safety Acting Director Russia Chavis. “A taxi cab may cost you $30, but that’s nothing
compared to the $10,000 or more in fees, fines, and the stigma that can stem from getting a DUI.”
In a continued effort to keep the roads safe, the CHP is reminding motorists to be extra vigilant this
weekend. Any motorist who sees a suspected drunk driver is asked to call 9-1-1 and provide the
vehicle’s description, license plate number, location, and direction of travel.
Preliminary figures from Super Bowl Sunday in 2012 indicated there were 221 alcohol-involved
collisions statewide, which resulted in five people killed and at least 114 people injured. If the
number of collisions is not enough to deter drivers who may be impaired, consider that last year
(2013) on Super Bowl Sunday, a total of 390 drivers were arrested statewide for DUI by the CHP.
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and
Security to the people of California.

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