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California Highway Patrol To Crack Down On Drunk Drivers


The California Highway Patrol is alerting residents in the area to hire or designate a sober driver during Super Bowl Sunday festivities to avoid accidents.

For the campaign named ‘Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk’, CHP is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Football League and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management. The campaign encourages individuals to make plans before time that will help them avoid driving a vehicle after consuming alcohol.

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a news release, “Drunk driving is an act that is completely preventable. All it takes is a little bit of planning to prevent a tragedy. We want Californians to remember that drinking and getting behind the wheel is a choice. If you choose to drink, do not drive, it is that simple”.

The CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System showed that alcohol was involved in almost 225 accidents on Super Bowl on Sunday in the year 2012. Out of the 225 accidents that happened, there were 8 incidents with fatalities and injuries were sustained in 79 accidents throughout California.

In the year 2012 during the same Super Bowl, 422 individuals were taken into custody on California’s roadways by the CHP for driving under the influence of alcohol as told by the authorities.

The public is also encouraged to call 911 if they suspect a drunk driver and be prepared to provide the vehicle’s description, license plate number, location and direction of travel so that the individual making the road dangerous for other drivers present on the road can be taken into custody.

News Source: www.DesertDispatch.com

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Aaron Bortel is a Lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s been a Criminal Defense attorney for over 25 years whose practice is dedicated exclusively to DUI law. He has offices in Marin County and San Francisco and defends his clients in all Bay Area Courts and at DMV.