FANS DON’T Let Fans Drive DRUNK
SUPER BOWL Sunday, February 4 football fans
across the country will gather with friends and family to watch Super Bowl LII. The California Highway
Patrol (Sacramento, California) is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration to remind motorists to designate a Sober
Driver before the game begins.
“Drunk driving is completely avoidable, but
continues to be a serious problem,” CHP Acting Commissioner Warren Stanley
said. “We want motorists to remember that drinking and driving is a choice that
can have catastrophic results. If you choose to drink, do not drive.”
According to preliminary data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records
System, during last year’s Super Bowl, one person was
killed in an alcohol-involved collision and 41 others were
injured on California’s roadways. That same day, there were 247
arrests made by the CHP for driving under the influence (DUI).
Consequences of a DUI arrest are jail time, the loss of a driver license,
higher insurance rates, court fees, car towing and repair, and lost wages from
time off work.
“There are no excuses when it comes to
driving under the influence,” Acting Commissioner Stanley added. “Have a game
plan ready to avoid a tragedy. Leave your car keys at home if you will be
consuming alcoholic beverages, and use public transportation, a designated
driver, or a ride-hailing service to stay safe.”
If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, be a team
player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Make
proper arrangements and designate your sober driver before the big game begins.
And remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
The public can help by calling 9-1-1 if they suspect a drunk driver. Callers should
be prepared to give the vehicle’s description, location, license plate number,
and direction of travel.