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January 26, 2015 (San Diego) -- The Sheriff's Department is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to keep impaired drivers off San Diego's roadways on Super Bowl Sunday.

Watch for increased DUI patrols by Sheriff's Deputies across the county beginning on Sunday, February 1 at 3:00 p.m. and lasting through 5:00 a.m. the following day.

In 2014, more than 1,400 people were arrested for DUI by the Sheriff's Department. In 2013, deputies arrested 1,888 people for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"There's no reason anyone should be drinking and driving," said Sheriff Bill Gore. "It's completely avoidable. Never get behind the wheel after drinking. Remember: FANS DON'T LET FANS DRIVE DRUNK!"

The Sheriff's Department has these tips for a safe Super Bowl Sunday:

• Plan a safe way home before the game begins

• Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave

your car keys at home

• If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or

family member or use public transportation

• If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 9-1-1


Here are some sober rider options:

• Be My Designated Driver -

• Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) -

• North County Transit District (NCTD) -

If you are caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will go to jail. To watch a public safety video on the high price of drinking and driving, follow the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO:

Funding for this DUI enforcement program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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