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Police gear up for Super Bowl drunk driving crack down

POSTED February 2, 2010 10:46 p.m.

It remains to be seen what kind of action will take place in Miami when the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts clash on the field, but the Stanislaus County Avoid the 12 is planning a blitz of their own.
The county’s anti-drunk driving campaign, overseen by the Turlock Police Department, will be out in force for Super Bowl Sunday with extra patrols planned throughout the county.
While Super Bowl Sunday can be a fun day of celebrating and partying for football fans, it has gained a notorious reputation as one of the worst days for drunk driving incidents. On Super Bowl Sunday 2009, 11 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in California, which is three times the daily average, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. There were an additional 133 people injured  in collisions that involved alcohol, which was more than twice the daily average.
“We want to pass our safety message to everyone who will be drinking this weekend, real fans don’t let fans drive drunk,” said Turlock Police Chief Gary Hampton, who heads the Avoid the 12 grant for Stanislaus County. “Please make the right decision and pass your keys to a designated driver before the Super Bowl party begins. Getting caught driving while impaired will result in costly penalties including the loss of your driving privileges.” The Avoid the 12 grant is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety and they have listed a number of tips to help keep drunk drivers off the road.
To contact Sabra Stafford e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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