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Double the Number of CHP Patrol to Hit Roads on Super Bowl Weekend

A large portion of the crashes reported during a Super Bowl Weekend involve alcohol, authorities said.

The California Highway Patrol planned to double the number of officers on the road this Super Bowl Weekend with the goal of reducing the number of drunk or drugged drivers.

“Our job is to keep everyone safe as they drive on the valley’s roadways and our

Officers will be out in force looking to find and arrest those driving under the influence before they can hurt anyone,” said Indio CHP Captain, Laura Quattlebaum through a news release statement. “Those who choose to drive under the influence put everyone in danger.”

In 2010, approximately 25 percent of all collisions in the state reported on Super Bowl Sunday involved alcohol, according to the CHP. The Indio CHP office, which serves Palm Desert, 2011’s Super Bowl Sunday saw a drop in that percentage with 5 traffic collisions and 2 drivers arrested for D.U.I., officials said.

Officers said they want everyone to enjoy the Super Bowl but ask they also plan for the ride home after the game.

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