Drunken drivers are being targeted on Super Bowl Sunday. Photo by Alexander Nguyen

San Diego-area law enforcement agencies are joining a nationwide effort to target drunken drivers on Super Bowl Sunday.

More drinking-related crashes occur in California on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other Sunday in January and February, according to the California Department of Insurance.

Extra police and sheriff’s deputies will be on patrol looking for people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol starting at 3 p.m. and continuing through early Monday morning.

“There’s no reason anyone should be drinking and driving. It’s completely avoidable,” said San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore. “Never get behind the wheel after drinking. Remember, fans don’t let fans drive drunk.”

The sheriff’s department suggests that people who plan to attend a Super Bowl party take these precautions:

  • Plan a safe way home before the game starts
  • Designate a sober driver
  • Leave car keys at home if you’ll be drinking
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if you see an impaired driver on the road
  • If impaired, use a taxi or other car service, call a sober friend or family member, use other public transportation

The Auto Club of Southern California will offer its Tipsy Tow service from 6 p.m. Sunday though 6 a.m. Monday to help remove drinking drivers from the road.

To secure a Tipsy Tow, motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver may call (800) 400-4AAA for a free tow home of up to seven miles.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.