by Photo courtesy of the San Diego County Sheriffs Department

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department announced it would be cracking down on impaired drivers this Superbowl Sunday to keep roadways safe. 

Sheriff’s Deputies are expected to conduct increased impaired driving patrol on Feb.12 at 3 p.m. and lasting through 5 a.m. Monday. 

“A reminder — DUI doesn't just mean booze,'' the agency advised in a prepared statement. “Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.''

Fans are encouraged to practice the following tops for a “safe Super Bowl Sunday”: 
• Plan a safe way home before the game begins
• Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home
• If you're impaired, use a taxi, or ride-sharing 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

Last year, there were 5,408 people were arrested for impaired driving by the Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies in San Diego County.  During Super Bowl Sunday 2022, eight people were arrested for impaired driving by Sheriff's Deputies.

An impaired driving arrest and conviction can cost more than $15,000 in legal and court fees, according to the Sheriff’s Department. 

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