Although the Super Bowl this weekend is conspicuously short on California
teams, most of us will likely be watching anyway. And there are few better
ways to watch the Super Bowl than surrounded by family and friends, enjoying
some good food and your favorite alcoholic beverages.
But as you finalize your Super Bowl plans, please keep in mind that travel
will be dangerous on Sunday. According to statistics cited in a recent
L.A. Times article, the number of alcohol-related
car accidents causing injury or death spikes significantly on Super Bowl Sunday. In
Los Angeles alone, the alcohol-related crash rate is 77 percent higher
than on any normal Sunday during January or February. In some parts of
Southern California, the crash risk is even higher.
The most dangerous time to be on the roads appears to be between 5:00 p.m.
on Sunday and 4:00 a.m. on Monday. This makes sense, as most drinking
occurs during the game and most drunk driving would take place after the
game was finished.
If youâre worried about drunk drivers on the road on Sunday, you
do have the option of watching the game at home so as to avoid driving
altogether. If you do go out and are planning to drink, you may want to
arrange for sober transportation ahead of time so that you donât
have to drive yourself home. This could be a designated driver, a ride-sharing
service or a taxi.
Californiaâs state insurance commissioner recently noted that âSuper
Bowl Sunday is the biggest one-day sporting event in the United States
and unfortunately one of the most dangerous days on Californiaâs
roads and highways. Every one of us has a responsibility to ensure we
do not contribute to the problem by allowing a drunk or drugged driver
to hit the road on Super Bowl Sunday.â
Source: The Los Angeles Times, â
Sunday is the Super Bowl of drunk driving, crash data show,â Jerry Hirsch, Jan. 27, 2015