SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Since its release several days ago, Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) and the California Highway Patrol’s “Safe Holiday Driving-Anti-Drinking and Driving” public service announcement has been very well received.

In 2010, more than 32,000 people nationwide lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents and 2,715 in California. More than 535 in the state were alcohol related fatalities. For more information on highway traffic safety visit the NHTSA. For information on California statistics visit the California Office of Traffic Safety at: .

“As we celebrate the holidays with family and friends, this public service announcement underscores the importance of safe driving and the dangers of drinking and driving. Working together we can help prevent unnecessary tragedies throughout California,” said Senator Alex Padilla. “The California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement work throughout the year to keep our roadways safe for everyone. I am pleased to be helping them share this important message.”

“I want to thank Senator Padilla for his work to spread the message about traffic safety. The CHP’s number one priority is to make sure that all our roadways are safe. We want to ensure that everyone drives safely so tragedies can be prevented,” said Chief Steve Beeuwsaert, Southern Division Commander for the California Highway Patrol.