Representatives of law enforcement and Mothers Against Drunk Driving urged Southlanders not to drive while impaired during Super Bowl Sunday, and warned that extra law enforcement patrols will be deployed to search for impaired drivers.

“If you are watching the game at home and plan to have a drink or two, stay at home,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Hill said Friday. “Have a family member who hasn’t been drinking go out on your behalf, or have your food delivered.”

Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. PST Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Patricia Rillera, MADD’s California executive director, asked those watching Sunday’s game to “make the choice to put a non-drinking, sober driver at the top of your Super Bowl checklist.”

“Even though celebrations will look a little different this year, we all know that many socially distanced gatherings will still involve alcohol, and in some cases, other drugs,” Rillera said.

“So let’s be proactive, and get the message out to ensure that our loved ones make it home safe and sound.”

Alcohol is not the only thing that could impair a motorist and lead to an arrest, Hill said.

“Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana may affect your ability to drive safely,” Hill said. “Do your research and understand how a drug affects you before deciding whether or not you are OK to drive.”

California’s public health guidelines advise minimizing contact with people you don’t live with in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, Hill said.

“Although many watch parties will be virtual this year, it’s important to plan ahead, designate a sober driver or simply stay at home for the night,” Hill said.

Funding for increased Super Bowl Sunday DUI enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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