Photo by Alexander Nguyen
Photo by Alexander Nguyen

Super Bowl Sunday could ruin your life if you’re drunk and decide to drive.

Authorities in Los Angeles and Orange counties Friday warned Southland residents that increased numbers of law enforcement officers on DUI saturation patrols will be on the lookout for people driving drunk on Super Bowl Sunday.

And law enforcement won’t be joking around as they’ll be into a “zero tolerance” crackdown.

“Drunk driving is completely preventable,” said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Johnson. “All it takes is a little planning. We want fans to remember that it’s a choice — drink or drive — but never do both. And please remember, if your decision is to drink, drink responsibly under any circumstance and designate a sober driver.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail will deploy additional officers on special DUI saturation patrols to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during and following the game.     In Orange County, the sheriff’s department’s will deploy roving DUI saturation patrols throughout the weekend.

“This is a ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown — so drive sober or get pulled over,” said Orange County sheriff’s  Deputy Manuel Cruz.

Drunken driving convictions can be costly and have social and career consequences. But drunken drivers are also more likely to be in traffic accidents that can result in injuries and even deaths.

DUI saturation patrols will be deployed in Laguna Woods, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills and Aliso Viejo.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking.

The California Office of Traffic Safety “Designated Driver VIP” mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices.

Launched last year, the app offers various features, including allowing designated drivers to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area, or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout the state.

People using the app will be offered free incentives at each bar “to celebrate their life-saving role,” officials said. Also through the app, for those who want to drink but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb — all from one screen.

Operations such as these are funded through grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

—City News Service

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