CHP urges safe Super Bowl driving |

CHP urges safe Super Bowl driving

The California Highway Patrol is urging drivers to designate a sober driver when celebrating the Super Bowl this Sunday.

“Make the responsible decision to designate a driver who can provide a safe ride home, someone who is abstaining from drinking that day,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a statement. “Impaired drivers destroy thousands of lives every year by simply getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.”

Nearly 25 percent of collisions in California on Super Bowl Sunday 2010, the most recent year that finalized collision data is available, involved alcohol, according to the statement. Those 211 alcohol-involved collisions resulted in the death of six people and injuries to 124 others, according to the agency.

During the last three years, the CHP has made an average of nearly 450 DUI arrests throughout the state on Super Bowl Sunday.

The CHP encourages people to call 911 if they suspect drunken driving. Callers should be prepared to provide a vehicle description, license plate number, location and direction of travel.

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