Public Safety

For Super Bowl, Game Over for Impaired Drivers

Don’t fumble and get taken out of the game into a jail cell.

Extra law enforcement officers will be on patrol looking for people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday starting at 3 p.m. through Monday morning. The increased patrols are part of a nationwide effort to keep impaired drivers off the roadways on Feb. 1.

If you’re starting your Super Bowl party early, don’t forget to arrange for responsible transportation. Sheriff’s deputies will hold DUI checkpoints between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Jan. 30 in San Marcos and on Jan. 31 in Encinitas.

“There’s no reason anyone should be drinking and driving. It’s completely avoidable,” said Sheriff Bill Gore. “Never get behind the wheel after drinking. Remember, fans don’t let fans drive drunk.”

Last year, deputies arrested more than 1,400 motorists for DUI. In 2013, deputies arrested 1,888 people for DUI.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department suggests that people who plan to attend a Super Bowl party take some precautions before the drinking starts to keep safe:

  • Plan a safe way home before the game starts
  • Designate a sober driver
  • Leave car keys at home if you’ll be drinking
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if you see an impaired driver on the road
  • If impaired, use a taxi or other car service, call a sober friend or family member, use other public transportation

Sober ride options include:

The Sheriff’s Department wants to remind you, if you are caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will go to jail.

The California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provided funding for the increased patrols and sobriety checkpoint operations.


Yvette Urrea Moe is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact