The Rams are playing the Patriots in the Super Bowl this upcoming Sunday, February 3. The Super Bowl is the most watched sporting event of the year. Fans all over the country get together in bars and homes to watch the game together. Alcohol is frequently consumed at Super Bowl parties. As a result, drunk driving and alcohol related crashes increase drastically during and after the game. A 10-year analysis by AAA in 2013 found that there were 75 percent more fatal and injury crashes on Super Bowl Sundays in California than on any other winter Sundays. While DUI arrests and accidents spike around the country on Super Sunday, data shows that the biggest increases happen in states and regions that have a team playing in the big game. Obviously this includes the Los Angeles area this year. LAPD and other law enforcement agencies are very aware of this fact and are ready to arrest drunk and impaired drivers. Expect DUI checkpoints to be set up throughout Los Angeles County. Patrols will generally run from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., covering the hours before, during and well after the conclusion of Super Bowl 53.
Avoid getting a DUI this Super Bowl weekend. Make plans ahead of time. If you plan on drinking at all, don't drive to where you are watching the game. It is easy to lose track of how many drinks you've had, especially when having fun and watching a good game. If you do not have a friend willing to be the designated driver, plenty of Uber and Lyft drivers will be working on Super Bowl Sunday. The "surge fares" for rides are small compared to the costs associated with a DUI arrest and possible conviction. The penalties for a DUI conviction vary greatly depending on whether the driver has any prior DUI offenses and/or whether someone was injured or killed. At a minimum, a DUI conviction will result in a criminal record, driver's license suspension, court fines, and mandatory attendance in an alcohol education program.
If you are driving and/or a passenger in a vehicle, buckle up. Seat belts can make the difference between life and death. Don't get distracted by texting or talking on the phone. If you are driving, be alert and drive defensively. There will be drunk drivers on the road on Super Bowl Sunday.
Don't let a DUI ruin a great Super Bowl weekend. If you are reading this too late, and have already been arrested for DUI, you're going to need a good DUI attorney by your side. CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.