Public Safety

Win the Real Game: Don’t Drive While Intoxicated

San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies are not playing when it comes to keeping the roadways safe during and after the big game. If you are caught driving while impaired by alcohol, marijuana or prescription medications, you will go to jail.

The Sheriff’s Department will increase patrols across the county starting at 3 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. the next day. In 2017, deputies arrested 1,225 people for driving under the influence, said Sheriff’s Lt. Anthony O’Boyle.

In 2015, a report by the Auto Club of Southern California using data by the California Office of Traffic Safety looking at crash data on Super Bowl Sunday over five years showed DUI-related crashes more than doubled in San Diego for that day, many of them causing injury or death.

“Crashes caused by impaired driving are 100 percent preventable,” said Sheriff Bill Gore.

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

  • Plan a safe way home before the game starts.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
  • If you are impaired, use a taxi or ride sharing service, call a sober friend or relative, or use public transportation.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 9-1-1 immediately to report it for the safety of others.

Funding for the DUI enforcement patrols is paid for by funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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