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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                 Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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Sunday, February 3, 2013               
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Drinking and driving is an all too familiar and tragic combination. It is a combination that has led to an increased risk of driving accidents on Super Bowl Sunday.

According to a 10 year study taken from 2002 - 2011 by the Automobile Club of Southern California, drinking and driving crashes in California were 75 percent greater on Super Bowl Sunday than on other comparable Sundays in January and February.

The study showed that there were 642 alcohol-related fatal crashes in California on Super Bowl Sunday during 2002-2011, an increase of 41 percent over the crashes recorded during the Automobile Club's study taken during 1994 - 2002.

Given the high incidence of drinking and driving accidents on the day the Super Bowl game is played, the Trauma Program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center offered the following tips to help Super Bowl revelers and all party goers to reduce the incidence of alcohol related injuries and stay crash free.

According to the Trauma Program, being aware and taking simple measures will help make Super Bowl Sunday XLVII and any other party occasion an enjoyable event.

Henrietta J. Burroughs, the author of this article, can be contacted at epatoday@epatoday.org.