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Super Bowl Sunday DUI Checks
updated: Jan 29, 2013, 12:29 PM

Source: CHP

NO ONE WINS WHEN IT COMES TO DUI

The Super Bowl is one of America's most-anticipated and watched sporting events of the year, an opportunity for family, friends, and fans to gather together and root for their team. However, the celebration can quickly turn to tragedy when partygoers exercise poor judgment and fail to designate a non-drinking driver.

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 spread an important safety message to the public about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday - Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.

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

According to the CHP's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, alcohol was involved in nearly 25 percent of collisions on Super Bowl Sunday 2010 (the most recent year that finalized collision data is available). Those 211 alcohol-involved collisions resulted in the death of six people and injuries to 124 others throughout California.

The CHP will work with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to discourage the public from driving under the influence (DUI), and to try to remove those drivers who are impaired before they injure or kill themselves or others. On average, the past three years (2010-2012), the CHP has made nearly 450 DUI arrests on Super Bowl Sunday throughout the state.

The public is also encouraged to be a team player by calling 911 if they suspect a drunk driver. Callers should be prepared to provide the vehicle's description, license plate number, location and direction of travel.

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 368581 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 12:46 PM

When is the super bowl? Great time to go enjoy nature instead.

 

 COMMENT 368584P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 12:50 PM

Super Bowl? I thought its name was changed to Super Bore years ago?

 

 COMMENT 368588 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 12:54 PM

Should be interesting to see which Harbaugh brother will coach their team to a win.

 

 COMMENT 368592 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 01:02 PM

581 - it's a great time to enjoy anything because no one is out - they're all plastered in front of the TV watching the game. It's this Sunday BTW. It's a fun time. Half my company is taking next Monday off to recover from SBS (Super Bowl Syndrome) so there will be a place for me to park - yay.

 

 COMMENT 368593 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 01:03 PM

good maybe they will put a check point in hope ranch or in monticeito

 

 COMMENT 368596 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 01:05 PM

592 - SBS, better known as a "hangover"

 

 COMMENT 368604 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 01:13 PM

I'd love to see an Edhat poll that measured how many Edhatters really care about the Super Bowl (or professional team sports in general).

I'd guess less than 15%.

 

 COMMENT 368612 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 01:19 PM

It's a myth that no one is out during Super Bowl, even more so in Santa Barbara where even more people could care less about it. On a nice sunny Superbowl Sunday you see at least as many if not more people out enjoying our local trails and outdoor spaces. Sames goes for skiing or surfing on Superbowl, just as crowded.

 

 COMMENT 368615 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 01:21 PM

Also remember not to drive without a license. They seem to nab three times as many non licensed drivers as they do drivers under the influence during these sting operations.

 

 COMMENT 368621 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 01:25 PM

Next to New Years Eve, Super Bowl is a sportsbars' biggest payday. They don't seem to care about people, just sell as much booze as possible.

 

 COMMENT 368622 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 01:25 PM

Additionally, the CHP will be looking for cable thieves!

 

 COMMENT 368624 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 01:28 PM

368622 - Only if your TV is sitting on the 101.

 

 COMMENT 368635 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 01:51 PM

Geez, CHP could just patrol for the 30 minutes after the game ends and catch 90% of the drunks heading home from the bar or their buddy's house.

For those Edhat demographers, consider this 40 year old Goleta native and his family as one of those that will be watching the game this year.

 

 COMMENT 368644 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 02:04 PM

I wish the cops would crack down on Beyonce and JayZ for the half time lip sync show... GAAAAAGGGG!!!

 

 COMMENT 368645 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 02:08 PM

Maybe you'd like to take their place, then?

 

 COMMENT 368657 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 02:41 PM

NINERS!.

ya, i'll be watching.

 

 COMMENT 368661 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 02:50 PM

How'd you like to be the CHP officer that has to work on Sunday? I guess the overtime is worth it, and maybe they can stream the game to their laptops in their patrol cars. I wish the networks would stream their games like ESPN has done, then I could watch it in my cableless and satelliteless world.

 

 COMMENT 368665 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 02:55 PM

15% is way to high!!! This group of ninnies and whiners...3% tops. Enjoy your hike or walk on the beach as you walk behind your dog with a little trash bag, cleaning up his/her poop.

 

 COMMENT 368675 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 03:05 PM

"Those 211 alcohol-involved collisions resulted in the death of six people and injuries to 124 others throughout California."

If these statistics read, 211 gun-related incidents resulted in the death of six people and injuries to 124 others throughout California, man would there be an outcry.

As it is it's only alcohol and cars....ho-hum...!

 

 COMMENT 368677 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 03:16 PM

675 is right

 

 COMMENT 368701 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 03:50 PM

What's the great attraction between major spectators sports events, and hordes of drunken, moronic imbeciles? This is not just a US thing - it happens all over the world.

Spectator sports have a crowd response characteristic that is a parallel of the 1930s Nuremberg Rallies, the US mega churches, stadium rock concerts, or Roman Gladiator events ... thousands of people, easily led by the nose, in one place at the same time, responding en masse to vapid celebrities or charismatic manipulators.

Add alcohol, and its a sure recipe for mass idiocy.... or worse.

 

 COMMENT 368725 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 04:17 PM

Hopefully the lt. col. won't be on the road and lives will not be threatened.

 

 COMMENT 368759 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 05:04 PM

111.3 million Super Bowl viewers last year vs. "Dog of the Week" and "Urban Hikers"

 

 COMMENT 368792 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 06:04 PM

I golf on super bowl sunday.Nobody on the course

 

 COMMENT 369136 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 03:51 PM

I hope nobody gets hurt in the game. Please no one needs to be knocked out!

 

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