Drunk Driving-Related Accidents Up After Super Bowl Sunday: Report

A new analysis of data is unveiling just how dangerous it is to drive home after the Super Bowl Sunday festivities.

People on the road in San Diego County after the Super Bowl face a 117 percent increased risk of alcohol-related fatalities and injury crashes, according to an Auto Club analysis of California Highway Patrol data.

Statistics show that there are 40 fatal and injury crashes on Super Bowl Sundays compared to 18 on comparable other Sundays.

Officials from the Automobile Club of Southern California, California Department of Insurance and California Highway Patrol said in a statement that anyone who does leave their house for the event should plan ahead to find a sober ride home.

"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," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Deaths caused by DUI drivers are preventable. Every one of us has a responsibility to ensure we do not contribute to the problem by allowing a drunk or drugged driver to hit the road on Super Bowl Sunday."

In Los Angeles, drivers on the road post-Super Bowl face a 57 percent increased risk of alcohol-related fatalities and injury crashes.

The Auto Club of Southern California will be offering their Tipsy Tow service to drivers free of change starting at 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday to help keep drinking drivers off the road. The free tow is available for up to seven miles from pick up to the destination. Drivers can call 1-800-400-4AAA for the free tow.

Any sober drivers in San Diego can receive discounts and deals at local bars and restaurants by downloading the DDVIP – Designated Driver Application from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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