Super Bowl weekend raises concerns over California drunk-driving accidents image

The day when the National Football League championship match would become history is very near and the authorities that supervise this year’s Super Bowl have another reason to worry – booze-related crashes.

Super Bowl Sunday – with the 2015 edition set on February 1 – is known as one of the top dangerous days to be driving on Californian roads because of a massive surge in traffic accidents prompted by the numerous gatherings for the game at parties or restaurants. A statement from the state’s insurance department shows that statistically, the day of the National Football League championship has more drinking-related accidents in California than any other Sunday in January and February. “Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest one-day sporting event in the United States and unfortunately one of the most dangerous days on California’s roads and highways, ” commented Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

The top ranking official also used the statement to ask US drivers for responsibility – showing that on Super Bowl Sundays from 2009 to 2013, in California, there were no less than 294 alcohol-related deaths and injury traffic accidents – an average of around 59 per year. The usual rate for any given Sunday during those two months is of 33 booze-related crashes that claim lives or get people to hospital. The data, coming from figures compiled by the 294 alcohol-related, has been analyzed by the Automobile Club of Southern California. The latter is also offering free tows for 12 hours during the Super Bowl event to support the prevention of drinking and driving.

Via Bloomberg