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Wednesday, Jan 30 2013 10:49 AM

CHP to crack down on drunk drivers this Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is one of America’s most-watched sporting events of the year, and a time for even the most casual football fan to join friends and family in rooting on their favorite team.

However, festivities can quickly turn tragic, which is why the California Highway Patrol is urging motorists to drive safely and designate a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday.

Alcohol was involved in nearly 25 percent of California crashes on Super Bowl Sunday in 2010, the most recent year in which finalized data was available. Those 211 alcohol-related collisions resulted in the deaths of six people and 124 others were injured.

On average, over the past three years, the CHP has made nearly 450 DUI arrests on Super Bowl Sunday throughout the state.

While the CHP will be out in full force this Sunday, the public is asked to be drive safely and to call 911 if they see a suspected drunken driver.

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