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Newport Beach Police Department
Tuesday January 31st, 2017 :: 09:20 a.m. PST
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Press Release - Super Bowl DUI Saturation Patrol

On Sunday, February 5, football fans across the country will tune in to watch Super Bowl LI; for many of them, the game experience will include alcohol. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the Newport Beach Police Department are teaming up with law enforcement agencies across the state for a special Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign, urging all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend and pass the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins.
 
Newport Beach Police will deploy additional officers on special DUI saturation patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during and following the game.  As part of the Super Bowl Sunday enforcement efforts, police, sheriff and the CHP will be on heightened alert ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver.
 
Impaired driving can be deadly.  A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, but even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times enough to make driving unsafe.  Many medications (prescription and over-the-counter), marijuana, and illicit drugs can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving, resulting in a DUI.
 
“If you’re impaired, please get a safe ride home by designating a sober driver, using public transportation, or calling a taxi or rideshare program,” said Chief Jon T. Lewis.  “Remember, it’s a choice: Drink or drive – but never both.”
 
“Volunteer to be a designated driver to help your family and friends get home safely,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “Impaired driving only leads to disaster and tragedy.  It is never worth the risk.  If you do plan to drink, and/or are taking medications or using marijuana, plan now to pass the keys to a sober driver before kickoff.”  Drivers can also download OTS’s Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app to get connected with free designated-driver incentives at local establishments or to order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft, or Curb. 
 
For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home.  For those who do plan to drive, refrain from consuming any alcohol.  Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks.  Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday; you might just save a life.  This Super Bowl weekend, be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel.  And remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
 
 
 
 
This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911’ if you see a dangerous driver call immediately!

 

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