By County News Center, County of San Diego Communications Office
Feb. 1, 2019 | 10:20 AM
San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies are our defensive linemen to protect us from impaired drivers. That means they will be increasing patrols on Super Bowl Sunday. Don’t drink and drive or you’ll get penalized and “benched.”
Watch for increased DUI patrols by deputies across the county beginning on Sunday at 3 p.m. and lasting through 5 a.m. the following day.
Remember: impaired driving doesn’t just refer to alcohol. It can also include marijuana and prescription drugs.
“There is simply no excuse for impaired driving,” said Sheriff Bill Gore. “One bad decision can end in tragedy.”
In 2018, deputies arrested 1,183 people for impaired driving in San Diego County. That’s down from 1,225 arrests in 2017.
The Sheriff’s Department has these pregame tips for a safe Super Bowl Sunday:
•Plan a safe way home before the game begins.
•Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
•If you’re impaired, use a taxi, ride-hailing service, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
•If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Funding for the Super Bowl DUI enforcement program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.