Don’t Let A DUI Sack Your Celebration

Sacramento, CA…On Sunday, February 5, football fans across the country will gather with
friends and family to celebrate America’s most-watched national sporting event, the Super Bowl.
Before the big game, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding all motorists to
designate a sober driver in advance.

The game plan for the CHP and law enforcement throughout the state is to encourage the public
to make arrangements beforehand and prevent drivers from getting behind the wheel after

“Drunk driving continues to be a serious and deadly problem,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow
said. “While many will be watching the football game, our officers will be out patrolling the
highways to ensure motorists arrive safely at their destination.”

During last year’s Super Bowl, one person was killed in an alcohol-involved collision and 52
others were injured on California’s roadways. That same day, there were 360 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,” Commissioner Farrow
added. “Alternative transportation is easily accessible in California, so celebrate responsibly and
plan ahead.”

If you plan on hosting a Super Bowl party this weekend, help ensure the safety of your guests by
serving non-alcoholic drinks and helping your guests find a safe ride home.

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.