Riverside County sheriff’s deputies, California Highway Patrol officers and other law enforcement personnel will be stepping up patrols Sunday, looking to snare drunken and drug-impaired drivers before and after the Super Bowl.

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

Narisco said saturation patrols targeting impaired drivers are planned Sunday afternoon and evening in multiple communities served by the sheriff’s department, including Eastvale, Jurupa Valley and Moreno Valley.

The sergeant said it’s important for motorists to bear in mind that, like alcohol, “prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana may affect your ability to drive safely.”

Under state law, anyone with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher is considered impaired. Deputies are also trained to detect marijuana or other drug impairment and can make an arrest based on field sobriety tests.

Riverside police officers will also conduct targeted patrols on freeways and highways throughout the Inland Empire, with CHP officers focusing on catching DUI offenders.

“The Super Bowl is one of the most celebrated sporting events of the year, and I am encouraging Californians to celebrate responsibly,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. “If you choose to drink, do not get behind the wheel. Designate a sober driver.”

Penalties for anyone convicted of a DUI or a drugged driving offense can include suspension or revocation of driving privileges, steep fines, jail time and prison if there are injuries involved.

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