Public Safety

Don’t Fumble With Your Life, Pass Your Keys to a Designated Driver

A Sheriff's deputy administers a field sobriety test to a driver at a checkpoint.
A Sheriff's deputy administers a field sobriety test to a driver at a checkpoint.

The Sheriff’s Department is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to keep impaired drivers off San Diego’s roadways on Super Bowl Sunday.

Sheriff’s deputies will be increasing DUI patrols across San Diego County beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, and lasting through 5 a.m. the following day.

The goal is simple: to remove impaired drivers from roadways and prevent crashes that can cause serious injury or death.

Last year, more than 1,200 people were arrested for DUI by Sheriff’s deputies.  In 2015, deputies arrested 1,516 people for DUI. In 2014, deputies arrested 1,610 people for impaired driving.

The Sheriff’s Department offers these tips for a safe Super Bowl Sunday:

  • Plan a safe way home before the game begins
  • If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver before you start drinking 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