by Photo courtesy of the San Diego County Sheriffs department

The San Diego County Sheriffs Department released some tips to prevent drivers from being pulled over for driving under the influence on Super Bowl Sunday when the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Los Angeles Rams. 

The department said it will increase the number of officers on the lookout for those driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol from 3 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The department recommends for people plan a safe route home, designate a sober driver before anyone drinks, and those who plan to drink should leave their car keys at home. 

Consider calling a taxi or ride-share service, public transportation, or calling a sober friend or family member instead of going behind the wheel under the influence. 

Those who spot a drunk driver on the road are advised to immediately dial 911.

According to the sheriff's department, it is about preventing tragedies. During Super Bowl Sunday 2021, 18 people were arrested by sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies in San Diego County for driving while intoxicated.

According to the sheriff's office, an arrest and conviction for drunk driving can cost more than $15,000 in legal and court fees.

People with such penalties often lose their driver's license privileges for several months, and their insurers typically increase the cost of coverage for those caught under the influence of alcohol.

Although, according to the sheriff, a DUI doesn't just mean alcohol. Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and marijuana can also affect it, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.

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