For Immediate Release
January 30, 2014
Sergeant Thomas R. Lorenz, Public Information Officer
Tahnee Lightfoot, Office of the Chief of Police
Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force Deploying Saturation Patrols Super Bowl Sunday
The Super Bowl is one of America’s most highly anticipated sporting events. The Super Bowl will bring together family and friends to cheer on their favorite team.
As game day approaches and football fans across the country prepare for the game, the National Football League (NFL), the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are joining forces with the Los Angeles County Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force to encourage the use of designated driver - Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
Nationally in 2012, alcohol-impaired driving crashes took 10,322 lives. Californians witnessed 802 DUI related deaths on their streets and highways. These crashes were 31 percent more likely to occur on weekends than on weekdays.
The Los Angeles County Avoid the 100 Coalition will be deploying special DUI Saturation Patrols in communities throughout the county. Every regularly scheduled patrol officer working will be watching the tell - tale signs of impaired driving before, during and after the game.
Whether watching at a bar or hosting a party, the NFL, the Office of Traffic Safety, NHTSA, and the Los Angeles County Avoid DUI Task Force reminds everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. Before choosing to drink, choose your team’s MVP - a sober designated driver.
The ‘Avoid’ DUI Task Force offers these additional safety tips.
If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar:
•Designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins
•If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay for the night
•Use your community’s sober ride program
•And remember, your seat belt is your best defense against a drunk driver in a crash
•Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely
•Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party
•Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert
•Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink
Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink. Stay connected with the Office of Traffic Safety via Facebook
, and OTS website
Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Report Drunk Drivers! Call 9-1-1.”