Thursday, February 7, 2013

State Regulators Crack Down Super Bowl Drunk Drivers

As always, on every Super Bowl event, thousands of people gather in one place to watch the final highly-anticipated Sunday football match along and its famous halftime show. Traditionally, food and drinks are overflowing freely while the game is on.

Consequently, the Santa Clara DUI Task Force, the California Office of Traffic Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Football League (NFL), and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) joined forces to combat drunk driving during the Super Bowl event.

The said agencies created a task force which deployed special roving DUI patrols in addition to the regular assigned patrol officers in an aim to crack down drivers who shows signs of intoxication behind the wheel.

Super Bowl is in fact considered by most Americans as a national holiday. It is the second-largest day for the country’s food consumption following Thanks Giving Day. Also, the said event is the most-watched TV program of the year. In addition, it draws an average actual audience of 111 million viewers each year.

Unfortunately, during said event, the number of alcohol-related car accidents increase by 75 percent compared to other Sundays of the year, according to a study published by the American Automobile Association (AAA).

This is why the public safety agencies are reminding people not to drink and drive. Drunk driving could result in seriously injuring or killing either other people or yourself, according to a statement released by Santa Clara County Department of Correction, Chief John Hirokawa.

Meanwhile, a Los Angeles auto accident lawyer agrees that each year, various types of crime including brawling and even murder, and vehicle accidents are common during Super Bowl events. If in regular games, fans do fight over their favorite teams, what more in special occasions like that, he added.

In a recent blog post, it could be remembered that that lawyer herein featured a news story about a brawl during the 49ers-Raiders game way back in 2011. The violent brawl ended in a premise liability claim, suing both the NFL and the Candlestick Park for failing to provide a safe and quarreling-free environment.