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Safety officers want collisions to stay on the field, not the highway

Sunday is not a good day for an illegal procedure.

On a day when the NFL’s two greatest teams battle for the Lombardi Trophy, the destiny for hundreds of California drivers is the drunk tank.

The California Highway Patrol is warning drivers to use caution while on the roads Super Bowl Sunday.

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the deadliest days on the road, matched only by New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day, according to the National Commission Against Drunk Driving.

In the last five Super Bowl Sundays combined, there have been more than 1,000 alcohol-involved car accidents on California’s highways, killing 24 people and injuring just less than 800, according to the CHP.

Last year’s Super Bowl Sunday, there were nearly four crashes for every point scored by the 49ers in their 55-10 smashing over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV with 218 alcohol-involved accidents, and the CHP made 462 drunken driving arrests.

The CHP, however, will not be huddled up at DUI checkpoints on Super Sunday on the South Shore.

Information Officer Steve Skeen said although there won’t be any checkpoints, officers from Tahoe to Truckee “will certainly be looking for drunk drivers.”

For partygoers unable to avoid boozing, Skeen made these points: “Designate a driver not to drink; find a safe way to get home; call a taxi.”

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