(Bloomberg) — Super Bowl Sunday is among the most dangerous daysto venture onto California roads as gatherings for the game atparties or restaurants prompt drivers to consume alcohol.

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More drinking-related crashes happen in California on the day ofthe National Football League championship than on any other Sundayin January and February, according to a statement distributedMonday by the state's insurance department. Game day carries a 77%increased risk of alcohol-linked fatal and injury crashes. Thisyear's Super Bowl is set for Feb. 1.

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“Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest one-day sporting event in theU.S. and unfortunately one of the most dangerous days onCalifornia's roads and highways,” Insurance Commissioner Dave Jonessaid in the statement. “Every one of us has a responsibility toensure we do not contribute to the problem by allowing a drunk ordrugged driver to hit the road.”

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There were 294 alcohol-related fatal and injury crashes inCalifornia on Super Bowl Sundays from 2009 to 2013, an average ofabout 59. That compares with about 33 for other Sundays in Januaryand February. The game is one of the most-watched televised eventsof the year.

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The data was compiled by the California Highway Patrol andanalyzed by the Automobile Club of Southern California. The autoclub is offering free tows from 6 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday through6 a.m. the next morning to help prevent drinking and driving.

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“People think, 'I'm just a little buzzed,'” Nancy Kincaid, aspokeswoman for the insurance department, said by phone. “A littlebuzzed is drunk, and you're an impaired driver.”

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This year's Super Bowl features the defending champion SeattleSeahawks against the New England Patriots. The game will be playedin Glendale, Arizona.

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