The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department and California Highway Patrol will be cracking down on suspected drivers who appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Super Bowl Sunday. Throughout the weekend, and especially Sunday, officers will be keeping an extra sharp eye on anyone driving erratically or committing other traffic violations and will be testing them for signs of being under the influence.
According to a LASD statement: “The California Office of Traffic Safety and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are teaming up with law enforcement across the state for a special ‘Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk’ campaign to urge all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend and pass the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins.”
Police encourage fans who will be consuming alcohol to find a safe ride home via designated driver, taxi, or a ride share app. They’re also encouraging residents to download the free Designated Driver VIP or DDVIP free app for the iphone. DDVIP assists users with finding nearby bars that contain special incentives for designated drivers, including free appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks. The app also has a tab to summon a ride via one of the popular ride sharing apps Uber, Lyft or Curb.
Alcohol and drug-related collisions are completely avoidable, and police are urging the public to call 911 if they notice anyone driving dangerously on the roads.
Remember: a DUI can be incredibly costly. The fees related with the charge are several thousand dollars, and your driving privilege can be suspended or revoked. Additionally, if anyone is injured or killed as a result of a DUI, the driver can face serious charges including manslaughter or murder.
Driving under the influence isn’t worth it. If you plan to consume alcohol, always find a safe ride home.