Multiple law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their patrols countywide, looking for drunken drivers before and after the Super Bowl on Sunday.
California Highway Patrol officers, along with Riverside County sheriff’s deputies and officers from municipal law enforcement agencies will conduct saturation patrols to nab suspected drunken or drug-impaired motorists.
“Whether people are attending parties or hanging out in a bar, planning for a safe ride home will be their best defensive move,” said CHP Cmdr. Sven Miller.
Three people died and 140 people were injured in alcohol-involved collisions in California on Super Bowl Sunday last year, Miller said.
The CHP also made 187 DUI arrests that day.
In addition to cracking down on impaired drivers, CHP officers will be paying close attention to seat belt usage, speeding and distracted driving.
“Walking impaired can also be dangerous, so have someone who is sober walk home with you,” said Riverside City Sgt. Ryan Wilson.
Officials offered the following tips to people planning to host Super Bowl parties:
— ensure guests have a designated driver or can arrange for ride-sharing;
— serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party;
— stop serving alcohol before the end of the game’s third quarter; and
— take the keys away from guests showing signs of impairment, then call them a cab or arrange for alternate transportation.
Under state law, anyone with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher is considered impaired.
Penalties for anyone convicted of a DUI offense can include suspension or revocation of driving privileges, steep fines, jail time and prison if there are injuries involved.