Even without a football team, Los Angeles remains invested in football. The latest evidence of that is the frightening crash statistics reported in the L.A. Times: the risk of being in a drunk- or drugged-driving crash in the city on Super Bowl Sunday is 57% times higher than any other given Sunday.
The Auto Club crunched the numbers, which found an accident rate even higher statewide and in California’s second-largest city, San Diego (a metropolis with a team, currently). Regardless, the crashes in L.A. County during the game are certaintly unenviable: an average of 77 crashes that caused death or injury on recent Super Bowl Sundays, compared to 49 on a typical day of rest.
Chugging beer (and maybe sipping a nice pinot) is part of the Super Bowl experience for most adults, but there’s no excuse for getting behind the wheel impaired. With carpooling, Metro, Uber, Lyft, and cabs, you’ve got no excuse. If you do drive and plan on having a tipple, just be sure to cut yourself off when half-time performer Katy Perry begins shooting whipped cream out of her bra.
The game, featuring the New England Patriots battling the Seattle Seahawks, begins at 3:20 p.m. on CBS.